How to Make Your Computer Hacker-Proof

A simple guide to keeping your PC protected.

You would never leave your credit card or bank details lying around in public, but how careful are you about protecting these details online? Most people don’t take enough precautions. You should always be aware of signs your computer may have been hacked into, including slow operations, unusual online usage as well as unaccounted for credit card payments.

To make your computer as safe as possible use a three-way approach. Use up to date software that includes anti-spyware, anti-virus and a firewall program. A firewall protects your computer network and stops attacks on your computer. Anti-virus software will nip viruses in the bud while anti-spyware will zap unsolicited software tracking your computer usage habits and prevent spyware getting into your system in the first place. Once you have these three programs working for you make sure to download any upgrades or improvements whenever they are offered. This will protect you from the latest viruses.

Never, ever click on any links or attachments in emails unless you trust the source 100%. It allows viruses to take hold and creates holes in your firewall. Remember your bank, PayPal and credit card provider will never ask you to click on a link to update your information.

When choosing a password ensure it’s a strong one. It should be a random combination of letters (in both lower and upper case), numbers and symbols and at least 6 characters long. Don’t use the same password for different services, no matter how randomly created it is. Hackers are a cunning lot, so don’t take any chances. Change your password regularly and never write it down or reveal it to anyone.

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