10 Effective Ways To Secure Your Computer From Cyber Attacks


Hackers (threat actors) can compromise your computer or network in a variety of ways. These include phishing schemes and viruses, worms and ransomware to name a few. It can be scary to realize how easily your identity could be stolen by simply clicking on a link in an email.

10 Effective Ways to Protect Your Computer from Cyber Attacks

Although there are many ways you can be hacked, or exploited, there are also numerous ways that you can help protect your company and yourself from cyber threats.

#1. Employees should be required use strong passwords and keep them up-to-date

The easiest way to increase your security is to create a strong password or phrase for your computer. To create complex passwords or phrases with between 8 and 64 alphanumeric characters, you can use special characters such “#@*&”. Passwords should not be written down and kept near your device. Use a 2-factor authentication strategy whenever you can.

Regularly changing your password can help you avoid brute force password cracking. Brute force attacks are a technique that uses a computer program to attempt to crack a password and gain access to the target’s computer. Hackers will have more difficulty cracking your password/phrase the stronger it is.

#2. Antivirus software should be installed

Antivirus software monitors your system files and email for viruses. You should choose a high-quality package that considers the reputations of the company and products, as well as the software’s features (such daily updates and compatibility) and your machine’s compatibility.

Also, consider the cost of the software. You should realize that not all software products are the best. Free software solutions can be beneficial for your wallet, but they may not offer adequate protection.

#3. Anti-spyware and anti-malware software should be installed

Malware and spyware can be just as harmful to your network than viruses. Anti-malware and antivirus programs should offer the same features as antivirus software. These programs should run a full system scan of your computer and update the spyware and malware definitions regularly. They also need to quarantine and eliminate malware and spyware.

Antivirus software should be able to detect and remove malware and spyware, but not all software can do this. Multi-layered techniques are the best way to protect your computer system. Software programs that are dedicated to one task can be more effective in identifying and removing those dangers.

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#4. Perform complete system scans daily

All types of malware, spyware, viruses, and other malicious software are constantly evolving. They may be able get past your security and infect your computer system. To find, quarantine and eliminate any potentially harmful agents from your network, you can use your anti-spyware and anti-malware programs to perform daily scans.

#5. Make a backup plan for your system

Your computer can be destroyed by a variety of hostile entities. To ensure your data is protected in the event of an error on your computer, create a backup plan.

For backup, you might consider using a cloud service to back up your data or a portable hard drive. Cloud services allow you to back up your data online. Connect an external hard drive to your computer, and you can manually copy the files.

#6. Update your computer system regularly

Regular computer system updates are essential to fix any anomalies or faults. Hackers can exploit the problems and anomalies in your system if you do not allow system upgrades. You should be ready to accept any updates as soon they become available.

#7. Make use of your firewall

Network firewalls are a crucial piece of software that acts as a barrier to your computer and prevents unwanted traffic from entering or leaving it. When configuring or setting up a computer, take advantage of the firewall features built into the operating system. You can adjust the firewall settings to meet your specific needs.

#8. Email should be used with caution

Hackers may use email to hide viruses in attachments. Unknown addresses email should not be opened and read. You should immediately delete emails from unknown addresses.

#9. Use the internet with caution

Even the most secure websites can contain spyware and viruses. Your computer can be infected by a simple mouse click. Many fraudulent websites disguise themselves to appear legitimate.

Double-check URLs before you enter them. Avoid popups, ads, images and links to other sites.

#10. Find out the basics of computer security

Computer security is first and foremost at the user’s disposal. You should implement a security awareness program in your company if you don’t have one. Effectively training employees will help them better understand how to protect their company’s network. Learn the basics of computer security to make better judgements about how to secure your network.

We can help

There are many other ways and technologies that can protect your computer from cyber threats. We can help you evaluate your current environment and create a strategy to protect your data and systems with a solid cybersecurity plan. Our cybersecurity experts will examine the most important elements of your business and make specific recommendations on how to deal with new and existing threats.

Mark Funk
Mark Funk is an experienced information security specialist who works with enterprises to mature and improve their enterprise security programs. Previously, he worked as a security news reporter.