Today, we all navigate the ‘information highway’ and this highway is filled with information that other people love to get their hands on. It is vital, therefore, that you protect your personal pieces of data from prying eyes. This is about more than having a good antivirus program on your computer, although that is also very important. Essentially, a computer is a gateway to our lives, and you must make sure that you keep it properly locked.
About Internet Security
Irrespective of the technology you use, you must focus on internet security. There are viruses all around us and all they need is an opportunity to get into your machine. When they get in, the damage can be very significant, including a complete loss of data. This is why you must make sure that you keep things safe and locked up.
Antivirus software is good, but it isn’t perfect. Some even suggest that a few of these programs have been developed by hackers who create viruses just so that you feel compelled to purchase their antivirus scanner. If this is true, then the reality is that nobody will ever be safe from a real virus attack. It is for this reason that you have to do your research into the different virus protection packages, but that you also engage in certain online behaviors that will protect you.
Staying Safe Online
The best internet security practices are things that you do to keep your identity and your data safe. There are a number of things that you must do, or not do, in order to stay safe. This includes:
- Not visiting any site you come across without thinking about it. If you think a site may be malicious, stay away from it.
- Store your data in a password protected, encrypted PDF file, if you must store it on your computer at all. Creating a PDF file can be done for free if you do not have Adobe on your machine. What matters is that you do not leave anything sensitive in a text file or Office document. It is very easy to get into these and they also allow other users to change information in these files.
- Make sure you have backups both online and offline. Invest in an external hard drive and backup your data on there as well. Furthermore, you could sign up to a cloud service and store your data there. Do make sure, however, that the cloud service follows all the necessary security protocols and that your data is fully encrypted and password protected. Both these methods mean that if, for whatever reason, your computer is destroyed, your data is still safe and in one place.
Making sure you have a computer that is safe may take a little bit of effort, but it is time well-spent. Identity theft alone is one of the most common crimes in the world now, and one that has tremendous negative financial effects on people. Much of this crime could have been prevented by some simple internet security steps.