You are probably one of the millions of computer users that use a computer each and every day, yet have no idea how to look out for themselves. You run scared if you hear the words "malware", "virus", "trojan" or "APT". "DDOS" doesn't ring a bell, but "cybercrime" and "spam" sound familiar because you've heard about those on the news before.
Well, all of those are threats for sure, but you don't need to panic about them. Common sense will help you more then high tech software, firewalls and consultants.
Some tips :
- Don't just click just every link you find or see on the internet, or receive by mail.
- Keep your computer and programs up to date
The first tip is more about being aware that something could be fake or a potential issue, and as such avoiding it. Keeping your computer and the programs on it up to date can seem a difficult task, but I'll just point you to Secunia PSI, which is an excellent little tool to help you do that.
It's free, reputable and easy to use. Even if you run it in simple mode, it'll help you - or rather your computer - stay up to date, less prone to security issues and trouble.
So, take the next 30 minutes of your time (it'll probably take much less) and take a big step forward towards a safer computer experience.
- Surf to https://secunia.com/ (I could link to it, but security awareness is not to just click whatever link you see, remember?)
- Find the free PSI tool, download and install it.
- Run the Personal Software Inspector (PSI)
- Be all amazed how many programs, applications actually need an update
- Follow the instructions to get things updated. Even if you can't make some things update, it'll have been worth it.
- Reboot your computer after you updated as much as you can.
- Surf to http://www.safer-networking.org, pick your language and download Spybot S&D
- Install Spybot S&D and then run an update for it (Update Spybot-S&D)
- Run Spybot S&D and let it fix whatever issues it finds
- Reboot your computer
- Enjoy using it, feeling and being quite a bit safer.