Whether used for personal or business needs, computer support will be necessary at one point in time if the programming or software is hacked. Fortunately, you can reduce the risk of hacking with a few simple tips. Using this guide to hack-proof your computer, you can protect your home and business information.
Avoid Public Wi-Fi
A large percentage of public networks are unsecured, so if you are using public Wi-Fi, you are placing your computer and personal information at risk. To reduce your risk of hacking, pay attention to what files you are downloading or opening. Do not open any files that you do not want to be seen by others when you are logged in to public Wi-Fi.
Also, avoid opening websites that require your personal log-in information. When logged in at coffee shops, malls, and doctor offices that require the use of public Wi-Fi, do not log into your bank site, credit card accounts, or business email.
Update your Operating Systems
If your operating system is not working properly, hackers will be able to access your computer quickly. Making sure your operating system is always updated is imperative for preventing hacking.
When first setting up a computer, you have the option to allow updates automatically. If you have not set your system to update on auto, go into computer settings to check for current ones available. If you are using a windows-based system, click the START button and type UPDATE in the search feature. Select Windows Update and Check for Updates. If any updates are available, make sure to install them.
Buy Firewall Protection
Your Window’s operating system will have its own firewall, but it is not completely effective against hackers. No matter how much antivirus and security you think you have installed, most computer support professionals recommend an extra layer of protection by installing a hardware-based firewall.
A hardware firewall is an added protection between your internet connection and your computer. While it will deter hackers from accessing your personal files, it will also alert you if there is any possibility of hacker’s success.
Hardware firewall between your internet connection and your computer will reduce the risk of hacking and potential cyber-attacks, but it can be costly. It is up to you to determine if the cost of the extra protection is a worthwhile investment for your privacy and security.
If you want to protect your computer and personal information from hackers, contact Comhome Network Solutions in Carrollton, TX at (866) 391-3898 for computer support advice.
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