How To Make Your PC Internet Secure
|Published:||Jan 7, 2008|
|Author:||Tucows Editorial Staff|
Make Your PC Internet Secure
by Hilary Rogers of Uniblue Systems
Worms, Trojans, adware, spyware, key loggers and viruses are all types of malicious code that may invade your computer, seriously harming your system and data while also hogging system resources or reducing PC performance and Internet bandwidth. Here are seven ways to protect yourself against malware.
- 1. Update your operating system regularly
- 2. Buy good anti-virus software
- 3. Know your processes
- 4. Use firewalls on the Internet
- 5. Know your registry
- 6. Invest in anti-spyware software
- 7. And, for when the unimaginable happens� backup your data
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The first step in protecting your PC, and your valuable data, is to ensure that the operating system (OS) is updated with the latest security patches. This is critical as OS manufacturers, such as Microsoft Windows, update the security features of their products continuously to cover any potential and actual loopholes.
Secondly you should have updated anti-virus software running on your system. This software must be able to scan email and files, as they are downloaded from the Internet, to help prevent malware reaching your system. It is also important to make sure that this anti-virus software is updated frequently, with fixes to the actual engine and to the database files, ensuring they contain the latest cures against new viruses, worms and Trojans.
Knowing what is running on your computer will increase your ability to identify potentially harmful processes. Call up the Windows Task Manager (press CTRL+ALT+DEL) and familiarize yourself with the processes running at any point in time. If you are uncertain what an individual process does, you can look it up, for free, on www.processlibrary.com. The site also has a handy free tool which tells you exactly what's running on your PC - ProcessScanner. Alternatively, ProcessLibrary.com includes a free download: ProcessQuicklink. This plug-in makes detailed information, about each process running on your PC, available with a single click from within the Windows Task Manager.
You should also remember to install firewall software or use the native Windows firewall. A good firewall prevents unauthorized use of, and access to, your computer from external sources (eg hackers or hijackers) while also giving you additional protection against the more common Trojans and worms. A firewall, on its own, will not get rid of the virus problem but, when used in conjunction with other measures, will give you deeper system security and protection.
Residual files, unused or undeleted drivers, and corrupt or bad entries in registry settings will quickly litter even the newest of computers causing a loss of performance and general PC instability. If you keep your registry clean and know what is inside, you will be in a better position to realize immediately when performance has taken a downturn. Therefore it is advisable to invest in a good registry cleaner: one that allows you to scan your registry thoroughly and fix all errors. Moreover, the cleaner must be able to backup your registry.
You should install an anti-spyware software package. In fact many experts go as far as suggesting installing two or three solutions since any single package may not be powerful enough to find all the entries and changes to your registry, and other files, made by spyware. This may be going a little far, however spyware is a dangerous threat and protecting yourself is important.
Prevention is better than cure. However you may still catch a virus no matter how tight your security is. It is alwaysable to backup all your data regularly (at least once a week). And, if you are a frequent PC user, you should backup your data on a daily basis.
About Uniblue Systems
Launched in 2003, Uniblue Systems Ltd has quickly become the market leader in innovative and award winning computer security and performance solutions.
Uniblue delivers a range of products targeting the full range of computer users from people with PCs at home, to large corporations. CEO, Bosse Malmberg, launched Uniblue in 2003 with a clear vision to bring simplicity and clarity, and maybe a dash of fun, to the two unnecessarily complicated, yet essential, fields of PC security and performance.
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