It’s no secret that today we deal with most things online. We shop, browse, watch movies, download files and most importantly, we deal with our day to day financial transactions online. With this in mind, it’s become essential for everyone to be more aware of how to implement basic security measures on their systems to make sure they remain safe from hackers and malware threats. The unfortunate reality is that today, the internet is getting bigger every day which in turn means that more malware threats are on the loose, ready to attack your system. In this article, I’d like to show you some simple methods on how to keep your data safe by following just a few simple guidelines on web security.
Internet Security Tips – Windows
First up, make sure your firewall is setup correctly and is activated. This is the very first key security measure everyone must adhere to because this is the first line of defence on your computer. For Windows, the firewall is a separate option in Control Panel under “System and Security” and is quite easy to set up. Usually the firewall is already activated but always check to be sure.
Using malware protection software is the next most important measure after a firewall. There are a wide range of quality malware protection tools for Windows which can provide your system with solid protection without hurting the loading speed of your data or the integrity of your system. Internet security tools with live-protection and database updates are recommended as they offer more reliable security. Visit Spywaredestroy to learn more about an effective anti-malware tool for Windows systems. When making your choice, be sure to look around, check reviews, opinions and information to see which one would suit you the best.
E-mail Attachments & Downloads:
It’s widely known that the most common way for anyone to send you a virus, Trojan or spyware is still via email. Make sure you clean your junk folder regularly and do not open any suspicious attachments, especially if their title sounds strange or dodgy, even if you receive them from a friend. Try to scan them first before you open them up. The same applies to downloads from the web. Scan everything with an antimalware tool before you open and install them.
Internet Security Settings (Internet Explorer):
If you are a Windows user and make use of Internet Explorer as your designated web browser, make sure the security levels are adequate. Open up Internet Explorer and click on Tools which you can find in the upper right corner (cartwheel icon) then choose the Security Tab. If you set your security high here, this will help to protect your system from unwanted ads and phishing sites. Other modern browsers such as Chrome and Firefox are available which are also fast and secure.
With this option on IE you can further narrow the trusted sites and select setting for the internet zone.
Clearing the Cache:
The cache is all the information a website collects about you through your browser and browsing history which may include your data. Therefore it’s wise to your delete browsing history, especially cookies and temporary internet files from time to time. To do this, in IE, click on Tools and remain on the General tab, under which you will find a section called Browsing history with two buttons – Delete and Settings. Click on the Delete button and choose to clear cookies and temporary internet files. Then close down or restart the browser.
Internet Security settings for MAC:
Firewall: MAC, just like Windows has its own default firewall. Let’s see how to reach it:
Go in the Apple Menu and choose System preferences. Then find Security and Privacy. In this section you will see the Firewall option. After it prompts you to authenticate you will be able to start up with your settings that’s turning Firewall on. You can further narrow your settings in several ways but the best thing in this application is that once you click on the lock at the bottom, it will double prompt for authentication. So, it’s only you who can reach it with your Apple ID.
Antivirus Software: Make sure you download and use a reputable antivirus or malware security tool for your MAC. Use one that offers updates, real time protection and scan daily.
Use FileVault: This is a unique disk encryption method that will make sure all your files are securely encrypted and locked away. This doesn’t only include files and documents but everything that could have any valuable data in it. You can reach FileVault the same way as you reach Firewall.