Some Guides to Home Computer Security

Posted by John Larkin - March 7, 2014


Today, a lot of people have one or more computers at home. It’s like a small computer network mainly for entertainment, for study, and even for work. People also use home computers for sensitive data storage. But at the same time, home computer users are lack of computer protection consciousness while machines are short of safeguard. Then home computers are a favorite target for evil intruders. In addition, with rapid Internet connection speed, hackers can quickly and easily intrude in or attack the target system. Without taking a proper security solution, home computers may become much vulnerable to viruses, spyware and adware. Then lots of troubles will confront with the user. Hence, it is of great importance to secure the home computers as well as personal information. Here are some methods to safeguard your home computers from attacks.

Using anti-virus or anti-spyware is a common way to protect the home computers. You can set it automatically scan the system in a regular time once a week (at least). Besides, the program should be kept up-to-date and make sure that the virus database is upgraded every day. Meanwhile, the anti-virus software normally provides a few options when detecting a virus, including removing the irritating patterns or destroying the detected file. But after handling the virus, it is highly suggested that you keep the system patched.

Installing your own firewall in home computers is a good means. Firewall is a protection system for information safety. It has the ability to scan all network information coming through it, and then to filter the attacks. Besides, it can shut down certain unused ports to block Trojan viruses. It can also prohibit the visit to special websites to prevent communication of unknown intruders. That is, firewall can help prevent the virus from accessing the system or spreading to the Internet so as to limit the damage.

Make sure to update the security patches for the Operating System. Security updates are released on the Microsoft official web page. Do download the patches timely. It is advisable to configure the computer to check for updates automatically.

Secure the cable or wireless network. Once you get the Internet router, you should alter the administrator password as well as the account name if possible. Always set the password mixed with numbers, letters, and signs to make it difficult to guess. Same with the wireless network password.

Be careful when reading emails or using messenger tools. Email or instant messenger can be an easy target for hackers as users always keep contact information or other sensitive information on the social communicating tools. Therefore, apart from creating secure password for Internet router, you had better set a good password for emails.

Conclusion

It should be known that no one can make a computer 100 percent secure since the opponent is trying to place as many obstacles in the way of safe Internet environment. But with all the above guides, we can have a more secure home computing environment as to surf the network safely and protect the private data well.



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