Protecting Your PC from Hackers and Other Intrusions

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PC owners, enterprise, and personal users alike, are afraid of getting their computers hacked. Who’s not afraid of hackers, right? Especially if your desktop contains sensitive information such as your business files and credit card details.

Indeed, malware-caused PC problems are not the only thing that you have to worry about. There are also hacking and intrusions. Good thing, there are ways that you can do to protect your computer from these cyber crimes.

Build a Firewall Around Your PC

A firewall serves as a gatekeeper for your desktop. It allows safe traffic like Web browsing, while it blocks bad traffic such as hacking attempts and malware data transfers.

For Windows users, your operating system has a built-in firewall called Windows Firewall. By default, it is set to block malicious traffic from coming into your computer. However, it is not built to watch outgoing traffic, that’s why it won’t be able to notify you when a malware attempts to transmit your data.

Although the firewall’s outgoing protection can be enabled, it can be cumbersome for an average user. Thus, you’ll need third-party firewall software that can give your ultimate protection from malicious incoming and outgoing transaction. You can check whether your antivirus or Internet security package offer such feature. If not, consider installing a third party firewall software.

Aside from malware, cyber criminals can also penetrate your PC by hacking it. From there, they can access your files and steal it, sending the information to their home base. Thus, a firewall can also come in handy for this.

Phishing and Scams

Aside from hacking, cyber criminals can also steal sensitive files from your computer through phishing.

Here, hackers will try to bait you to give your personal data like credit card information. Phishing attacks usually come in the form of emails, instant messages or other forms of communication that will appear to be from a legit source.

Although this is not a new tactic, some people still fall for it. Good thing there are simple precautionary steps that you can do.

For instance, if you receive an email with a link to a login page, don’t click. Instead, type the URL or search for it on Google. If your browser can detect malicious websites, you can be notified immediately.

Basically, the key to safeguard your PC from phishing scams is by being intuitive. Consider whether a website you’re trying to visit is legitimate or just trying to fish out sensitive information from you.

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