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Step One - How Safe is Your Home Computer?

Guaranteeing the Safety and Security of Your Home Computer

With the esteem of and the reliance on the Internet by almost the entire world population, there are suddenly many things you can do and inform yourself with, with literally one click of the mouse. Nowadays, making purchases won’t require you to go to the shop or store; you will be able to buy your items online. Researching for several pieces of information can now be carried out through the Internet.

Nevertheless, there is quite an unfortunate reality that goes along with the wonders of the Internet. It is also due to the Internet that computer security is always an issue. With the continued growth of people’s dependence (including businessmen, offices, government officials, and more) on computers and the Internet, it has become a more important issue than what most believe it to be.

If you are a home computer user, you still need to ensure that your computer is safe from any form of malicious online attack, hacking included. You might have some important data (including any identification) in your computer which intruders might have good access to. That having been said, it is most important for you to find out just how safe your computer is from all these potential attacks.

The very first step before you actually start fiddling with your computer is to find out the motive of intruders and why they target home computer users. They do this because (1) home computer users typically don’t have security measures installed in order to counter them, which makes them easy targets; and (2) they often have valuable information stored which is enough to encourage these intruders, such as credit card information for example. Consider it – you might actually be a potential target.

Following that, you will have to know what types of attack you can expect – it will usually be via email or clicking an ad-banner on a website. Opening an unknown, seemingly innocent email or clicking on an ad-banner will at times put you at an unwanted risk and open the door to intruders. Once they get inside, they can sometimes be quite hard to get rid of, so your home computer security should begin with you being mindful about the things you do whilst connected to the Internet.

Being careful doesn’t imply just choosing which emails to open or not, and which ad-banners to click to or not. This also comprises sending valuable information over the Internet, which is at risk for interception by a third party. It would be better to transmit really important information through letter, unless you are very much confident in your measures of security.

Next step would be trying to place security measures in your computer itself. If your operating system is Microsoft Windows for example, they will offer security updates and malicious software removal tools each month which will be of utmost help to you – the same goes for other operating systems such as Apple OS and LINUX. There are updates each month due to the fact that the intruders always attempt to find methods to get past these security measures.

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