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5 Ways to Keep Your Computer Data Secure

Updated on March 7, 2012

Security is one of the largest concerns with anyone that has a computer. Keeping your information secure and complete is essential to prevent it from being compromised. Private information is one of the most common complaints of computer users being compromised. This can range from tax information, social security numbers, or personal addresses. So, being diligent and updated on our computer security is the best way to protect yourself and your data.

The security technology available does a decent job of stopping this unauthorized access from happening. When data is, accessed or vulnerable it is the result of the computer user not being fully protected or updated with the newest software.


Viruses are the number one vulnerability to any computer that is connected to the internet. There are a number of security software programs are available to you in the form of antivirus protection and spyware protections. These programs can be set to be on constant scans waiting for a recognized pattern to be detected so it can stop it immediately before any damage is done to your machine.


Firewalls are also another common way to protect your computer from unauthorized access. Firewalls block intrusions by denying applications that are incoming or outgoing to specific ports on a firewall. Since, many hackers use specific, uncommon pots to communicate with these malware or viruses this is good intrusion prevention to have along with your antivirus program.

Wireless Encryption

Along with your home network you also want to make sure that your wireless network is secure with an encrypted key. Having your wireless encrypted prevent hackers from accessing it for malicious intent. These keys have become very advanced with the newest algorithms and are extremely hard to crack if at all.

Drive Encryption

Encryptions technology can also be used to secure your personal information. It is a good idea to encrypt your main drive, backup drives, and any removable media that you take information with you. These programs are relatively cheap and provide great protection in the event that you lose the key or information that it contains on it.


Passwords are another way to prevent unauthorized access to your computer and information. Always make sure your passwords are using the following sequence and complexity. Always use a password between 6-8 or more characters. Always include in your password at least one special character, a capital letter and a number in any order that you will remember. Never write your password down or give it to anyone. With this type, of complexity in password combinations equals billions of ways it can be written. Your computer will remain much safer.


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  • Kadmiels profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida

    it is always good to have a computer tech n the family :)

  • ImKarn23 profile image

    Karen Silverman 

    6 years ago

    Thanks for this - i understood a word or 2 - which I don't usually when it comes to computer lingo. Thankfully, my son works for microsoft - and if i beg him long enough - he'll come over and help his pathetic old mama..Lol..

  • Kadmiels profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Florida

    those are great ideas as well i will add them to the list thanks :)

  • Snurre profile image


    6 years ago

    Good list of things to do. Might I also suggest shredding files and wiping free disk space to prevent recovery of sensitive data?


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