10 Tech Tips to Protect your PCs & Laptops from Hackers & Malware !
10 awesome tips to secure your Windows PC
Hacking your Windows PC is kids play these days. If you have the time, intelligence and patience to learn there is a lot of freely available content on the internet which will provide ample of education to hack a windows PC.
There are even automated programs available out there in the World Wide Web, to play havoc on servers,PCs & laptops, home routers, office routers etc.
Offcource ! It’s not worth the risk because if you are traced back, which is also very easy as all law enforcement offices are equipment with the necessary tools to track you back, then you are in serious trouble with the law. So, please forget it!
But there are still people who hack for fun and for a living too. Threat prevention complimented with Hacking is ecosystem now. Hacking is also considered a growing underground economy.
See the info-graphic below, the amount of money hackers invest and earn by conducting these nefarious activities. It will pop your eyes out.
I also do IT security and Risk management for a living and here is an elementary list of things that you can do to prevents hackers, Trojans and malware compromising your PCs or Laptops.
So you need to fortify your PC and Laptops against threat and build a robust defence system. Deploy preventive and corrective measures.
Prevention is better than cure but eventually no device or software can provide 100% security. The best way to save your credentials and devices from malicious activity & cyber-attacks is to increase the security level of your PC so that any hacker cannot enter in your system when you are using the internet.
As per my experience, I have listed a few must-dos to keep away hackers, Trojans and malware from your Windows PC.
(1) Update your OS and software applications installed regularity. Best is to leave it auto-update mode.
(2) Use the native firewall protection if you do not want to invest in an advanced firewall.
(3) Use a good anti-virus software to protect you PC or laptop
Here are a few top-ranked and solid Antivirus and Malware removal software tools I have tried and do a fantastic job of protecting your PC.
(a) Avira Antivirus – Yes Basic component are free
(b) Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – Scan + Removal. – Again basic components are free
(4) Use strong passwords
(5) Remove crapware from the system:
A new PC comes with lots of software which are not useful for users. Sometime preinstalled software includes malware which can infect the system, A good example is superfish malware in Lenovo laptops. Whenever this preinstalled program will be executed then this malware too get activated. This malware can be anything such as spyware, Trojan horse, crypto hackers etc. Therefore, the user should remove all unused and unwanted programs from his PC and use a reliable antivirus software for safety.
(6) Use security add-ons while browsing:
Web browsers are the gateway of hackers to connect with the system. By using this application wisely, users can protect their system. There are lots of security extensions and plug-ins are available for different type of browsers. By using them, the user can check the reliability of websites. Some add-ons block the malicious websites and some sent alert when user tends to navigate on suspicious sites. If you always wished for a safe, pleasant and hassle free browsing end user experience for heaven sake install:
- Chrome or
Yes, even on Windows 10.
Install either of the 2 browsers or both and see for yourself. Default to the browser you like if you have installed both for testing. Keep the second choice if you want to revert and try the second one latter on.
To ensure hack-safety of your Windows PC and if you are getting harassed by constant ads and pop-ups on your Chrome Browser. Install the following extensions and have a pleasant and safe browsing sessions. I have these installed on my chrome browser. Never a bother by ads and irritating pop-ups.
(b) Avira Browser Safety
Then Install Adblock extension on your browser. No description needed. Check the two check-boxes as shown in the picture below. Try it!
Install and experience the above extensions and give me a feedback.
(8) Always use secured websites
HTTPS is an advanced version of HTTP where S stands for security. Especially when you do your online banking and online payment transactions. When user navigates to any web page which shows HTTPS that means it is safe for browsing and making online transactions, but if some website do not include this HTTPS then better not to navigate that website. Users can use plug-ins such as “HTTPS Everywhere” which forces websites to load HTTPS version only. This plug-in is available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browser.
For example this is what you MUST see when you go to a secure bank site address.
(8) Before going to a suspicious site, Google “safebrowsing:(website)” to see a 90-day history of malware attempts on its visitors.
(9) Use two-step authentications wherever possible
Most of the websites offering for 2-factor authentication for their users such as banking websites, clouds, online shopping portals etc. This 2FA helps users to stay protected. Someone can crack your Username and Password, but he cannot use this authentication code or OTP which will receive on your registered mobile number.
(10) Un-install Java and Adobe Flash player
Generally hackers use Java and Adobe Flash to generate malicious codes. By removing these two’ users can protect their system from hacker’s Attack
Chrome and Firefox don’t allow Adobe Flash player any longer.