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Date [ 2014-06-23, 05:08 ]

Keep your computer safe by following these simple procedures.

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) Liew Lai Keen = This simply means keeping hackers out of computers, your personal computers and /or those of your company’s.

Hacking today comes in a variety of ways. Your computer system itself can come under attack and then dredged for personal information. Favourite targets such as blogs or websites can be compromised if a hacker gets hold of the password. Or emails can be hacked if the user clicks on a fraudulent link. What can happen next is that mail will not be able to be retrieved or any other information that is registered in that account. It is usually a permanent goodbye to this site!

But there are steps that can be taken to safeguard the computer and prevent it from being hacked.

Step 1: Perform the necessary or required updates for your operating system and web browser. Hackers are always on the lookout for weaknesses and zoom in as soon as they spot one. Systems that have not been updated recently may have flaws and hackers will be quick to take advantage of it.

Go to the Microsoft Update website to download patches and secure the most recent version of your operating system. If you have a Mac, click on the apple in the top left of your screen and choose "Software Update."Type your browser plus "update" into a search engine to find the company's site and download the latest version.

Step 2: It is best to install a firewall in your computer. These prevent hackers, viruses and other dangers from gaining access into your system. Best to personalise your firewall settings during the set-up process so that it can reflect how much data can be allowed into your system from the Internet. Then of course, do not forget to update your firewall regularly. 

Step 3: Change your password each month. Try to use multiple and intricate passwords for each website you log onto. Using your date of birth or your pet’s name is old hat and hackers will soon be able to deduce this. Be extra careful when the password involves banking and other financial websites. Extra security is needed for these.

Step 4: Spend a little extra and purchase or download good anti-virus software. Though many computers come with pre-installed anti-virus software, you may want software with more clout. Best to scroll the Internet for information on the best anti-virus ware there is currently on the market.
Remember, anti-virus is crucial for your computer’s well-being. An exposed or ‘sick’ computer, one racked with viruses, can easily be penetrated by hackers. Add in a reminder that will update your anti-virus software automatically.

Step 5: Another safety ploy is to install anti-spyware/adware programmes into your system. Though this type of intrusion is not as dangerous as a virus attack, it can be annoying to have the adware place unwanted advertisements onto to your browser or incorporate pop-ups into your programmes. It will have the effect of slowing down your computer and leave you more ready for attacks from a hacker.  The danger with spyware, as its name suggests, is that it has the ability to survey your Internet behavior and go on to copy your password. Some users found out that their password had been used for illegitimate purposes.

Step 6: Do not get curious with email links that look suspicious. Instead delete all e-mails from unknown sources. That way you will keep your computer relatively free from hackers.

Step 7: This is so simple but often forgotten by users. The rule of thumb is ‘Always Be Aware.’ A hacker can strike anywhere, anytime.

Some Tips: Having said all these, here are some pointers that can help you to be safe from hackers. First, keep an eye on those who have cause to visit you and/or your office on a daily basis. If one of them is a hacker, they will try to hack into your client’s PC by installing Keyloggers. So one precaution is to also install a strong anti-keylogger.

As warned earlier, delete emails you are not familiar with. Hackers and spammers by sending corrupt emails, can take you to websites where your information will be hijacked and your computer polluted with viruses.

If you are unable to purchase firewalls and anti-virus software because of the price, fret not. For many of these are available for free on the Internet.

So make sure your computer is well protected. For once a hacker gets in, it will be very difficult to pry him out again.


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