Recently 4800 plus credit cards of Saudi Arabia were hacked by Israeli Hackers and after that they put all information about these cards on internet too. So internet is not a safe place unless you take some security measures in order to protect computer from malicious attacks. Computer experts says that if you connect new computer to the internet than this new computer will be effected by viruses with few minutes. That’s unsafe internet is, so its important that you first secure your computer and than connect it with internet otherwise you will be in the hands of some hacker.
1. Install an Antivirus Software
Antivirus software is the first line of defense for any computer out there on internet and without it your are take very big risk of your precious data and files. Although Windows operating system are getting much and much secure after time but hackers can still find security loop holes in your system and can take it down. There are mainly two types of antivirus software’s available on internet free and paid. Both works well but premium software allows to update and use more advanced features which are not available in the free version.
The first thing you should do is to install a free Norton antivirus software but if you cannot afford to buy antivirus software than you can also use free Norton Internet security 2012 giveaway and get your free key. The way is works is very simple, companies want to promote there software and hence give some free product keys to the websites which review their products. These blogs than gives software’s to general public via giveaways in which you can easily participate. After you get your antivirus software, install it and update its virus definitions in order to maximizes its protection ability.
2. Change and Update you Browser
Unfortunately the most reliable browser of last century is the most UN-reliable browser of 21st century. I am talking about Microsoft Internet Explorer. I don’t know why Microsoft is not taking it seriously and they are far behind from other internet browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.So if you are one of those who are still using Microsoft Internet explorer than my friend your laptop can any time get hacked or infected by viruses.
If you are using browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer than its essential that you upgrade your browser when ever a new update is available. Generally Mozilla Firefox Nightly updates are released every month so its better to check manually or set your browser settings to auto so that it can automatically checks and updates your browsers. Now a days browsers plugins and extensions are very popular among young guys but let me tell you that these extensions can inject some malicious code into your browser so its better to not use these plugins.
3. Use Firewall Program
Just installing antivirus software is not enough in order to make your system 100 percent secure. Now a days any antivirus programs are equipped with firewalls but unfortunately these are not good for your system. Try to use third part firewalls as these are created by professional and they will also provide you full customer support.
Firewall is another option which will make sure that only the request generated by your system will enter in your computer. When ever you want to visit some website your computer sent signals to the out side world. Now of course these signals have to cross whole world and than return to your computer but the problem is that any one can see you computer on the internet and send requests to enter into your system.
Requests generated by outsiders will totally be rejected. This way you can easily block hackers attacks. Although windows 7 firewall is very good but in addition to that you can also install ZoneAlarm, GFI etc.
4. Try to Avoid Adobe Flash Player and Acrobat Reader
You may be wondering what is this. These are the most used applications on internet and why they are not safe. Yes but this is the problem with these applications. There popularity makes them ideal for hackers to target and hence find security loop holes in it. Adobe Flash is so unreliable that Apple has not chosen to add support for this application in there gadgets.
Now i know you are saying that without these software your work can be effected so let me tell you some alternatives that can help you. You can use HTML5 instead of Flash which worlds perfectly fine and recently YouTube is also experimenting with HTML5 in their videos. If this project will be successful than they will also adapt this technology. For acrobat files you can use another free alternative and that is Google chrome browser. Not many people know that Chrome can also open and read Acrobat files so go and install it now if you don’t have it.
5. Stay away from Malware Websites
One of the main reason that your computer or laptop is effected by some virus or malicious software’s is that you have visited some bad URL or website that redirects to some malicious website. These websites consists of websites which give illegal keys and breaks software’s codes to use into your system. But as you may know that they are genius people so they will also do some trick with you and inject some code int you browser. I am using browser again and again because its the front line application that interact with out side world.
Also stay away from websites which will promise you to make you millionaire over night or give you money. You can imagine that if some body is offering you free money than why not he is taking this money and become rich. So please stay away from these stupid schemes. You can also use free Anit Malware software to detect these websites.
Last but not least never accept files by outsiders while chatting, via Email or some other source. Always update your all software’s including antivirus, programs you use or internet browsers.