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How to prevent others from accessing your computer when your not around

Updated on June 2, 2014

Protect Your Computer

Stay on top of things and don't get careless when protecting your data on your computer.
Stay on top of things and don't get careless when protecting your data on your computer. | Source

Why it's important to protect your privacy

Malware programs have many faces. They can come in viruses, worms, trojan horses, spy ware and others which have yet not being created.

Just like having a lock for your house or car, you need a lock for your computer. Allowing it to be accessed at any time by anyone is a big mistake. At work some organisation have policies in place which insist that employees change their password every month to ensure that privacy isn't breached.

But how many people don't have even a virus protection software program installed? They are picking up viruses or spy-wares from many of the sites they visit. One is unaware that not all sites out their on the World Wide Web are legitimate and many are there for malicious reasons. One is to invade your privacy.

Anti-virus software is their to protect your data and prevent your private information from getting accessed by an external sources and it is the first step to take to prevent unauthorized access into your private information.

Lock everything up to stop others accessing it while your away.
Lock everything up to stop others accessing it while your away. | Source

Tips on Protecting Your Private Data From Others

  • Change your password often.

  • Never use the same password for more than one account.

  • Always try to mix it up with lowercase and higher case and numbers.

  • Don't put your password on a post-it in your drawer.

  • Never write your password in your work diary.

  • Avoid putting passwords information on your cell phone.

  • Never give anyone access to your password even if you trust them, they might give it to someone else.

How to stop others accessing your information

There is only so much anti-virus software can do at the end of the day to stop outsiders hacking into your computer. You will need to adopt some measures to ensure your computer is protected.

The human who is behind the computer must also decide what action they will take to protect their computer material.

It is vital that just because you have access to the Internet that you don't lose all common sense and decide to hand out information to anyone.

Even a computer left open on the desktop while you run out for a few minutes can be accessed by others. It's not to say you can't trust anyone but why take that risk.

There are some easy measure that you can take to help improve your computer security.

Password Tip

If you must write your password somewhere why not confuse someone looking for it by using an anonymous name as the reference in your diary or your cell phone. Put it under a name instead of into the memo or note section of your cell phone.

Take steps to prevent important information from getting into the wrong hands

  1. Set up two admin accounts on your computer when you first set it up after installation to confuse any one who might hack into it.

  2. Install anti-virus software in your computer and keep it updated.

  3. Ensure you have very strong passwords in every area of your computer. They could be implemented at the start up stage when you enter the BIOS and install a password to prevent anyone accessing the hard drive. If one didn't want to do that they could set password up in the other areas.

  4. Set a password on your user account when you need to log in to access your desktop.

  5. Also set one on your computer so that when it goes into hibernation. That way no one can come along when your away from the computer and just hit enter and access all your data.

  6. Set a password on your screen saver so that again no one can just hit enter and get access to areas they shouldn't. Always set a screen saver for the shortest time possible that the computer allows. We all know that 5 minutes can turn into 25 minutes. A lot of unauthorized activity by a work colleague or a child can cause damage.

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An attack can happen at any time, be prepared
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How your passwords get broken into

There are three ways that your passwords can get accessed.

1. Dictionary Attack 2. Brute Force Attack 3. Hybrid Attack

Dictionary Attack: This involved a dictionary type search being carried out to find your password on your computer. It can be fast and most often effective if you don't use a password with a bit of attitude. Every word is ran through their system until a combination allows access to your account. This is why using a password based on a name, place or location is a bad idea as a password.

Brute Force Attack: This type of attack involves using a combination of numbers,symbols, and text to get access to your information. This is more complex as the computer they are attacking might be a lot more secure and more effort is needed to access the data.

Hybrid Attack: This attack is a combination of both dictionary and brute force attack.

Keep Yourself Protected

Passwords are there for a reason and that is to help you protect your data. Don't use them and you just make it a lot easier for someone else to access your information.

Why not let them work for it and make it a lot more difficult for them to get access to information which is private and important to you.

Be Prepared

Always stay on top of things, don't ever get careless.
Always stay on top of things, don't ever get careless. | Source

© 2013 Sp Greaney


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    • sangre profile image

      Sp Greaney 4 years ago from Ireland

      @ ChitrangadaSharan, I think sometimes we get a little careless and think we can trust people but with technology and people working together, sometimes they can work against us.

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      Sp Greaney 4 years ago from Ireland

      @ jabelufiroz, you obviously make the effort to ensure that your data is protected. Smart move. That's an interesting fact about the banking system, its good at least that they take measures to ensure that they are protected.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is a very useful hub and important for everyone to know, whoever uses computer.

      Though we all are aware, we should be extra careful.

      Thanks for sharing this useful and informative hub!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      i always include numbers and symbols in passwords to make it more secure. i think most of the banking portals only accept the password with at least one symbol and number during password creation or renew.

      thanks for sharing...voted up and useful.