Friday, July 19, 2013

Improve Cyber Security

How to make your PC secure from all the threats in the online world and 

improve cyber security? Not sure? Then read on. Here is a list of things you 

 Improve Cyber Security

should know to improve your online cyber security:-

1. Anti-virus : Probably one of the first thing which comes into one's mind 

when thinking about security. An anti-virus is an inevitable tool for the 

security of a PC. One can either choose a paid version of the anti-virus of his 

choice or opt for the equally effective free antivirus. Before choosing the anti-

virus, it is necessary to check whether the anti-virus has resident protection 

or not. Resident Protection automatically detects viruses when they are 

loaded into the memory and takes the appropriate action thus saving a user 

from sitting hours in front of the PC scanning for viruses. It is important to 

check regularly for updates. Also do a quick scan (scanning Windows folder, 

Registry, Documents and recent downloads) at least once a week and a full 

scan at least once a month even if your PC appears fine.

2. Anti-spyware: A spyware is a program which collects private information 

and sends it to its programmer. Spywares are considered more dangerous 

than viruses as they steal private information like Windows registration 

number, bank account details, credit card's information, site logins, which can 

be used to harm a user in all possible ways. Login Accounts to social 

networks like Facebook seem to be the prime target. Thus, it is necessary to 

have a good anti-spyware software with resident protection , registry 

monitoring and browser monitoring. Again it is the user's choice to either opt 

for a paid one or a free one. It is important to enable the automatic update 

function in the anti-spyware software and to do a quick scan of the PC once 

week. It is also necessary do a full scan once every month for best results.

3. Firewall: A firewall prevents unauthorized or malicious applications from 

reaching a computer. A firewall is basically needed to protect a PC 

against Trojans, spyware, worms, hackers, hijackers and other known and 

unknown threats. However, a firewall must not be assumed an alternative to 

the anti-virus or anti-spyware software. Before choosing a firewall, the most 

important thing to keep in mind is the ease of use and the amount of 

customization possible. An often overlooked factor upon choosing a firewall is 

the amount of resources consumed by it. Keeping all these factors in mind, a 

good firewall software(free or paid) must be chosen. It is important to read 

the alerts displayed by it carefully, and select an appropriate action to do.

4. Anti-spam: Anti-spam software has become important because of the 

amount of spam messages received by internet users frequently. These spam 

messages are the most common cause of cyber crime. Installing one and 

using it is easy. So don't worry about how to use one. The only difficult thing 

is to be patient with it. Its performance will improve over time. You can 

download any of the free anti-spam available over the web or can opt for a 

paid version.

5. Windows Update: A very important aspect of PC security is updating 

Windows. It is necessary to enable Automatic Updates in Windows which 

help to get all the latest security fixes. Getting these updates will help 

Windows work better and will make one's working more secure.

6. Backing Up: It is important to back up all your important data to have a 

copy of it whenever needed in case of a virus attack. A back up comes in 

handy in such unexpected situations.



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