In the age of modern technology there's not much you can't do with a computer. Our entire lives are stored in servers all across the world and at home as well. While you can't do much about those Facebook servers with embarrassing photos of you when you were twelve you can protect what you store locally at home on all of your connected devices.
It's important to recognize the modern threats that you and your personal data face. With all types of malware, viruses, and worst of all, ransomware. You hear about it in the news all the time, someone clicked a link and next thing they know their data is locked away and the attacker is requesting that they send $100 in Bitcoin and they'll send them the key to unlock their computer. Let's learn how to avoid these terrible situations so that they can be avoided in the future.
Our first tip is to not go to un-trusted websites that are insecure. This might seem obvious for most but for some people it really ends up being a challenge. It might seem tempting to try that cool new game or get that free coupon but no matter how much you have the urge to go to that site. Don't. Stick to the sites that are trusted and secured.
Second tip is to not to click every link you come across. Again, pretty obvious but it gets people every time. It may end up sending you to a malicious website, download a script, or steal all you computer data. Only click trusted links from secure, trusted websites.
Third tip: Avoid popups. Malicious web developers are tricky, when you get a popup it might look legit but be wary. If its asking for personal information or telling you your computer is broken, exit the popup and move on. Better yet exit the tab entirely and clear your browsing history.
Fourth Tip is in regards to software downloads. Only download software from trusted vendors that you feel safe downloading from. Allowing software to be installed on your computer is a free pass for hackers to come in and take whatever they want.
Fifth tip: we recommend that you download a good quality form of anti-virus/malware fotware on your computer. At Computer Answers we recommend that you download Malwarebytes. Norton and McAfee don't work well at all and we do not recommend them.
Sixth tip is to run a regular computer cleaning software on your device. This will not only get rid of possible harmful software but will also keep you computer running smooth.
Seventh tip: Keep you network clean and locked. Don't let un-trusted devices log onto your WiFi they could infect your entire network of connected devices with a virus software that could do all types of damage to you system. Only allow trusted devices and make a secure password.
Eigth tip: Use a VPN or virtual private network when using public WiFi in places like the mall, Starbucks, and the airport. These networks are extremely unsafe and should not be used without a VPN on your device.
Ninth tip, and this ones a big one. USE COMMON SENSE. This gets missed a lot and its the most common reason the people get infections on their machine. When something seems fishy, it probably is. Remember, your data is valuable. People are willing to steal that data. Take basic measures and you won't have a problem staying safe online.
And our tenth and final tip: Come to Computer Answers. We have the tools, resources, technicians, and experience to help you in any situation you might be in. We're happy to help recover data, remove malware and viruses and keep you computer running smooth. We have free diagnostics and free estimates so feel free stop by any time. Thank you.