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Computer Security Tips & Tricks

Updated on June 4, 2012

There are many concerns when it comes to computer security. Many have no idea where to start the process of protecting their computer. There are several things that you can do to help prevent viruses, hackers, and other malicious programs from infecting your computer. These programs are designed to steal your personal information. Let’s take a look at some ways to protect your computer.


One of the best ways to protect your computer from viruses is to keep your antivirus up to date. There are approximately 500 new viruses released a day. They are bent on the destruction of your information or the capture of it. Antivirus companies are there to assist you in protecting your valuable data and keeping your computer running smooth. There are even free antivirus programs that you can


Another good way to help you protect your information on your computer is a hardware or software firewall. These firewalls help protect your data from programs that want to access it by denying incoming and outgoing denial. Firewalls protect you from invalid port scans, intrusions into your system and the outgoing attacks if you happen to get a virus or malware on to your computer.

Password security

One of the best ways to protect your computer from unauthorized access is by the use of a password. Passwords should follow the standard in password protections. You should make it as complex as possible, but the basic format is having a capital letter, lower case letter, special character and the use of numbers. Never use your name or a name of a family member in your household. If, you follow those basic password instructions your password will be secure.

Backup Data

The worst thing about computers is the tendency to fail at the most unusual times. So, having a backup of our data incase this happened keeps your information safe. You can use an external hard drive or an online firm to help keep your data safe in the event something happens to it. If, you cannot do those options than simply backing it up to a DD or cdrom will allow you to resolve it if something happened to your machine.


Encryption allows you to secure the data on your computer in case you lose the hard drive. They are essential for laptops and portables because they are the most vulnerable to being lost. There is a great open source product called true crypt that will help you secure the information on your drive and make it very hard for individuals to get at it.


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    Karen Silverman 5 years ago

    Computers are NOT my friend! Thankfully, my son works for microsoft - and a home-cooked meal can sometimes(but not always)- convince him to come over and help his mama! He tells me i'm bad at 'backing up', security, and updating..imagine that! lol