Ask any person who’s been robbed of data and information from a computer by hackers and you’ll see how serious this can be. As the saying goes, the thief always comes in the night when you’re sleeping; but even when you’re awake, you might be passively committing security blunders so you might as well just invite hackers to fiddle with your computer.

Privacy and money are arguably the two most important things when it comes to the concept of security. We all want to protect our identities, our privacies, and definitely our financials. Unfortunately, not many people share this sense of security and are even careless when handling their computer or going online.

Here are some of the most common security blunders committed by computer users all over the world.

Not Updating Anti-Malware or Antivirus

This is one of the most prevalent security tips out there: install anti-malware software and keep it updated, with emphasis on the last. Yet as widespread as it is, people still ignore the updating part. If you still you don’t have an antivirus or anti-malware program setup, go and do it now. But having protection isn’t enough. You have to keep it updated, including the database of potential threats. Most programs have the option for automatically updating on a schedule or whenever you open the program. Keep them up-to-date or else they won’t keep you protected against the latest threats.

Not Using a Firewall

Think of a firewall as a fence while the anti-malware software is more like a handgun inside your house. The fence is a general-purpose protective barrier that keeps out unwanted intruders. However, your fence will occasionally be breached and allow entry by thieves. The fence does a lot of the work, but the handgun comes in handy when the fence is breached. A firewall will keep out most malicious intentions, but when a particular virus or Trojan makes it through and onto your computer, that’s when the anti-malware program comes in to clean up the mess.

Unsafe E-mail Habits

E-mails are one of the most frequent ways in which users fall into the hands of scammers. Losing your identity because of a sneaky e-mail can be devastating. Beware of phishing scams. Learn how to identify them and learn to avoid them like an angry swarm of wasps. If you receive an unsolicited e-mail that seems sketchy, do not open it. Do not respond to it. Send it straight to the trash bin. But how will you identify a phishing scam? Look for fake phone numbers and addresses. Multiple spelling or grammar issues are often a dead giveaway, too. And if you don’t recognize the sender, always assume it as spam or unsafe and send it to the trash.

Using Unsafe Passwords on Sensitive Accounts

One of the most common security mistakes employees make is to use simple common passwords on their sensitive work accounts. Passwords like ‘Password123’, ‘1234’, and even ‘P@ssw0rd123’ are far too common and easily figured out by hackers. Even worse than this is using a complicated password but leaving it on sticky notes on the monitor or on your table for anyone to see.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 6:06:17 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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