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Six top tips to increase computer security

Technology is a huge part of most peoples lives, as many of us use computers, smartphones and tablets regularly. However, as technology advances, so does the complexity of viruses, scams and hackers. Below we have highlighted six simple steps to help you increase your computer security and keep your computer safe.

 

  1. Keep your computer up to date

    One of the best things you can do for your computer is to keep it updated. This includes your security software. Having the latest version of the software installed means you’re in the best position to protect your device.

 

  1. Make secure passwords

    You often hear of people making their password, ‘password’. But it makes it incredibly easy for people to hack into your accounts. When choosing a password, make sure its long and complex without the need to write it down. We suggest it has a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t forget to change them every few months and never reuse the same password. For our top ten tips for a secure password, read our World Password Day blog.

 

  1. Be wary of suspicious emails

    One way that hackers target computers is by sending an email with a link which contains a virus once it is opened or trick you into divulging your password. If you receive an email which you’re not expecting, and it seems out of the ordinary, be wary not to click on any links or download any files as they may contain something that will harm your computer. The emails might come from a name you don’t recognise or people and organisations you know well. If in doubt, take a look at the email address it came from. Does the wording and layout look right? Hover over the link, does it look like a reputable www website? If you’re not sure, get in contact with us.

 

  1. Install security software

    Installing an anti-virus programme usually includes several other features to protect your device from security breaches will make keeping your computer safe and secure a lot easier. Investing in a good-quality programme will help keep your computer safe and alert you if it finds a problem on your computer. We can offer advice on the best programme for your computer.

 

  1. Don’t leave your computer/laptop unlocked when unattended

    If you are stepping away from your desk, or taking a break from some work, it’s always safer to lock your device before you leave it. That way, nobody can access your files, change your background or alter your homepage. To lock your computer, press the Windows Key + L.

 

  1. Back up your data.

    In the rare case that your computer gets a virus and needs to be reloaded, it’s a safe bet to keep all your files safely stored away. This means you not only have peace of mind, but you’ll have all of your files in one place. To find out more about the importance of backing your data up, read our blog here.

Increasing computer security can be daunting for even the most experienced computer-user. If you ever need any advice on increasing your computer security, feel free to get in contact with us.


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