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5 Ways You Can Protect Yourself from Online Threats

In a world where everything is connected online, it is very easy to lose the files on your
computer or even your own identity. Protecting yourself from the threats in the virtual world is
one of the primary concerns.

There are scams being hatched to hoodwink people into disclosing their personal details and
account numbers and the security breach is too advanced to control. Do worry too much because
there are experts who can guide you through these problems. Given below are five ways in
which you can protect yourself from these online threats.

1. Install Software For Internet Security

It is no longer sufficient to install only antivirus software in your computer or laptop. Use
software that not only prevents your computer from virus threat but also protects you from
spyware and key loggers. The software should also be able to monitor if your computer is being
accessed by any unauthorized person.

Some softwares, which work as both antivirus and protect your computer, may be a little
expensive. But they are worth it. If you do not want something expensive, you can also find
some free software on the net that you can download.

2. Install A Firewall

A firewall acts like buffer zone between your computer and the whole internet. It is created in
a manner that it allows only that information that you allow to pass through it. This is a great
safety device for your computer, as its programming helps you stop the attack from key loggers,
malicious hackers and worms. You can get lot of internet security software that also has a
firewall.

3. Scan Your Computer Every Week

There are several applications that automatically check the computer for any potential threats. If
your software doesn’t carry out automatic checks then you should scan your computer at least
one every week. It may be a hassle when you are working on the computer, so you may do this
when you are not working. This is important to check that your computer and all the data you
store in it are safe.

4. Update All Your Software Regularly

The hackers and people who are phishing are regularly updating their moves, so it is important
that you keep your internet security software updated as well. You do not have to buy an updated
version from the market, most companies allow you to download the latest version from their website once you have bought the product from them.

5. Keep Back Up For All Your Files

You have your whole life on your computer and when your computer falls prey to a virus or is
hacked, you are completely at loss. To avoid this, you should make a smart move and use any
reputed online backup service for your files and documents. There are various services online,
which are trustworthy and you can make full use of them.

Follow these safety measures and be wary when interacting with unknown people on the
internet.

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  1. David
    February 7th, 2013 at 09:28 | #1

    I am glad.. I found this post. Thanks so much for helping me out. Last week, I was noticing some strange things happening to my web browser. It became really slow and a lot of ads popped up when I opened my browser. Initially, I thought it was issue with my mail ID, but even when I cleared all my mails, it still persisted. Then, I read your post and checked for malware. To my surprise, 3 were detected :( I immediately removed them and checked my PC entirely again. Online threats are really scary..

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