In this modern world full of hackers and cyber attackers a huge priority needs to be making sure your computer is kept secure. Whether you are working in the office or at home, hackers can attack your computer at anytime. Keeping it a priority to keep your computer safe is important to the health of your computer.
As a managed service provider our job is to keep your technology as safe as possible. In this blog post, we’re sharing a few ways to keep your computer secure and free of attackers.
Here are some helpful tips to follow to keep your computer safe:
Bookmark the LEGITIMATE websites you frequently visit
Here’s a sneaky trick used by many hackers: they purchase and set up a fraudulent website that is a close misspelling of a legitimate one. Example: www.faceboook.com instead of www.facebook.com. All you have to do is accidentally fat-finger ONE letter in the URL and up pops a very legitimate-looking fake copy of the site you were trying to get to – and the login and links are full of key-logger malware and virus landmines waiting for you to click on them. This is particularly important for any social networks you belong to. Please be careful which websites you bookmark on your computer, laptop computer, tablet and/or other devices.
If you installed it, you must update it!
There are thousands of hackers who get up every morning with ONE goal in mind: to find a new vulnerability in a commonly installed software (like Adobe, Flash or QuickTime) to access your computer. That’s why these companies frequently issue patches and updates for KNOWN security bugs; and once a KNOWN vulnerability is announced via a patch, hackers get to work like crazy trying to figure out how to use the vulnerability and access those users who are lazy about installing updates. That’s why it’s important to update installed software programs on your computer as soon as possible.
REMOVE that unwanted freeware
Like it or not, PC manufacturers LOVE to stuff your brand-new PC full of “free” applications (they get paid to do it, so you’ve got a slim chance of getting one without a side of spamware). But clutter is the enemy of a speedy PC, and if you’re not using a particular software on a regular basis, it’s best to REMOVE it completely. That way you don’t have it sucking up processing speed AND leaving the door open to hackers and malware.
Contact us today for more information on how to keep your companies computers safe and secure.