It’s not just the X Files. There are very real dangers around the internet these days and it’s not just contained to big businesses and countries at war with each other. It’s also a huge risk to people who do daily business online eery day. There are a few ways that you can ensure that you are safe, however, and that you wont’ be at risk to hackers, data thieves, and more.
First of all, I highly recommend that you educate yourself on all the dangers that are out there. Bookmarking and tracking a tech blog such as ARS Technica is a great way to stay up to date on the latest in terms of the internet and hacking threats. Knowledge is most definitely power in this kind of a situation, and we want to stress that the more you know about certain situations the better. There are always new things popping up all over the place – new threats and new ways of hacking. The old “just don’t open email attachments” is just not true anymore. Well, it is, but there are more and more things to be aware of every day.
I strongly recommend that you also employ the use of software defense mechanisms. These include antivirus software such as Norton 360, antimalware software such as the safe and very useful Spyhunter 4, and enabling the automatic updates of all software on your computer such as browsers, Flash, and the operating system itself. Many people are annoyed by automatic updates but it’s really the best and most foolproof way to ensure that you are getting all the security updates that you need as patches are rolled out. If you forget to update your software manually it leaves you vulnerable to attack.
Another great habit is to not browse internet bad neighborhoods. This roughly means that you should stick to main websites and not trickle off into genres of sites that are well known to be risky in terms of malware attacks. These include download sites, torrent sites, adult sites, and gambling sites. These types of websites seem to attract the most amount of hacking and malware intrusions. Simply visiting an infected websites is often enough to have your computer succumb to a “drive by” installation of malware. This is a huge risk and another reason why we highly recommend that you use your automatic update feature.
You might want to scan your computer every week for suspicious malware using the software that we mentioned above. There are always threats out there. We also want you to be aware of the the phishing schemes that have been going around and preying upon the elderly. This is why we deem it very important to follow security blogs so that you can be aware of these schemes. Eventually you will learn a certain “pattern” of behavior to be aware of so that you can be more vigilant about protecting yourself from newer attacks. For example, you will be more aware of “red flags” that can tip you off that something just isn’t right with an email or phone call.
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