Everyone does almost everything online these days – they date, bank, shop, socialize, and work. This means that there are many avenues in which criminals and hackers could get to your personal data. These days you can’t be too careful, and so we highly recommend that you do a few things to ensure that you are keeping yourself, your data, and your information secure.
Get An Internet Security Program
It’s important to ensure that your computer has some sort of software protection. There are a few selections right now, and we currently use Avast Internet Security on our system. We have found that this suite of tools is a very good security measure that gives us access to a lot of different and useful features as well. We recently wrote this review of Avast Internet Security for Malwarebytes, a security blog that publishes articles all about the current state of computer security.
If you’re not a computer savvy user then we recommend this software even more. It’s the easiest to use that we have come across – very user friendly and easy to understand, and the interface is very well laid-out.
Ensure That You Don’t Download Unknown Things
I have run into this problem many times in the past, and it’s a well known way to encounter annoying malware and spyware. Don’t download lots of random programs like screen savers, games, and multimedia files. It really opens you up to a lot of bad stuff in terms of piggyback downloads and viruses. Not all antimalware software will protect you from these piggybacking software because you’re essentially agreeing to install them in the obscure terms.
So, just be aware of this danger and don’t download anything unless absolutely necessary!
Don’t Browse Bad Internet “Neighborhoods”
This means that you shouldn’t spend your time on download sites, black hat sites, gambling and adult, and similar areas of the internet. These are well known to be hotbeds of malware and virus activity. If you really want to access these sites, my recommendation is to get a separate cheap netbook that doesn’t have any important files or personal data on it. Then you can browse these to your heart’s content. I would still ensure that you put some antivirus stuff on that netbook though, because viruses and malware can spread across wireless networks and infect other devices on your home network.
Back Up Your Data
If you don’t back up your data, then you have no insurance against catastrophic infections and things like ransomware. The best option here in my opinion is something like BackBlaze, which backs up your data consistently around the clock. I’ve been using this for many years, and it saved my butt one time when my hard drive physically broke in the middle of a paid video editing assignment.
The best part about something like BackBlaze is that you don’t have to remember to run backups – it does it automatically for you. This is so helpful because the biggest reason I didn’t run backups in the past was that I just simply forgot!