Assuming that you’re already a PC user and this isn’t your first time to browse the Internet after buying a brand new PC, it’s important to keep your computer secure against those few malicious websites that are lurking around. When using the Internet, make sure your computer is well protected as well as your personal information.

Have Internet protection software installed

Internet protection software such as antivirus software is easily installed. If you’re not sure how to go about it, you can always call for a tech support company to do it for you. It is designed to help protect your computer against threats like viruses and spyware. Antivirus software can stop viruses you may get from malicious website from infecting your computer by checking all the files that come in and out of your computer. Anti-spyware programs help prevents software like spyware from installing itself on your computer when you accidentally enter a malicious website. Another important part of protecting your computer is using a firewall as this checks which websites and software are trying to access your computer and helps prevent any unauthorized access.

Identifying secure websites

One way is to see if the website has a digital certificate. A digital certificate can tell you if the owner of the website is who they say they are. The digital certificate is one thing to look for to check. Most browsers will let you check if the website has a valid certificate by clicking on the little padlock. Another way is to see if there is a secure connection between your computer and a website that you’re about to enter. Websites with a secure connection will have “https” in the address field. A secure connection will help reduce the chance of your information being seen by a third party.

Never open spam

Spam is e-mail that you didn’t ask for, just like getting junk mail sent to your home. Spam comes from people you don’t know who got your e-mail address from somewhere on the Internet. The e-mails might be selling offensive products or offer fake prizes. They might also encourage you to click on links to unsafe or malicious websites. One way to check an e-mail link is to hover your mouse over the link to preview the website address. If a different web address appears, it may be a scam. If the e-mail has attachments, the e-mail could also be trying to spread a computer virus.

It does take a little planning to help keep your computer secure, but the effort is all worth it. Remember that those sneaky tricks are most effective if victims are unaware of the danger, so being prepared and ready is already winning half the battle.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:28:31 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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