7 Ways to Protect Your Computer From Cyber Threats

Cybercrime has been a major problem for internet users, and the anxiety related to data loss is intense. With the advancements in the tech space, security algorithms have improved, yet scammers have found new ways to hack information.

Although numerous tips prevail that teach us methods to stay safe online, one has to be cautious when it comes to online security. A little consideration can help you prevent your data from cybercriminals.

Let’s learn different security tips to protect your device and data from exposure to any kind of online threats.

Use Strong Passwords

We all know that passwords are the first line of defense that aims to prevent unauthorized access by stopping others from login into your accounts. But we never emphasize implementing strong passwords, maybe because we don’t take them seriously.

Complex passwords can protect your personal and financial information, which is important in the digitally connected world. Make sure to assign different passwords to your accounts so that if one password is revealed, the hackers cannot gain access to other accounts.

Fix Internet Errors

If you are not able to access the internet, try to reset the WiFi router and then try to connect to the WiFi. In addition to this, if you have ever experienced the “your connection is not private” error while browsing the web, you might be thinking it’s due to the unreliable internet.

However, that’s not the case, as it occurs when your computer tells you that the website URL you are trying to access is not secure. So, the quick tip is that avoid accessing such sites as they may pose a security threat to your computer and data.

Use VPN Connection

Using private WiFi at home may not expose you as much to outside risks as any public WiFi. Avoid using public WiFi; however, for some reason, if you need to, then use a VPN connection before you start browsing anything on the web.

VPN establishes a secure and encrypted connection between the user and the internet that keeps your identity as well as the data safe from malware or hacking attempts. Any other users or even your internet service provider won’t be able to access your online activities when you are connecting to a VPN.

Use Firewall Protection

Activate the firewall protection all the time on your computer as it is the first security protection that nosedives any hacking attempts or viruses. A firewall is a network that controls incoming and outgoing traffic by blocking any threat to it.

Even if your device is secured and you have downloaded the best antivirus, you should use a firewall for extra safety. It ensures all the devices connected to your network are secured, including devices like smart thermostats and webcams.

Block a Program

Sometimes, you wish to block a program due to many reasons, such as stopping the updates from installing automatically, enhancing parental control, silencing in-app ads, blocking an app from connecting to public WiFi, to name a few.

To block program access on Windows, go to the Control Panel and click on the Windows Firewall. On the left side, click on Advanced Settings, then go to the Outbound Rules. Under the Action Panel, click on the New Rule. Afterward, click on the program that you want to block access to and click on Next.

Protect Your Mobile Phones

Even mobile phones are as vulnerable to any threat as your laptop. You need to protect them, too, as if you connect it to your computer via a USB, the virus can transmit, and your data will be at stake.

To ensure mobile phone security, you need to be extra cautious while downloading apps as they can pose a threat to data. Download apps from a reliable and legitimate source only. Many apps out there aim to collect your sensitive information, so be alert while downloading apps and provide any access permissions wisely.

Shop Online Carefully

In today’s wireless world, we have an app for everything. This makes our work easier but misleads users in many different ways. While shopping online, we share our credit card or debit card information online without realizing the threats and risks it can bring. Avoid staying logged in to your bank accounts for longer, and never forget to log out after making any transaction.

Before you enter any personal or financial details, check that the website URL starts with ‘HTTPS’ and not with ‘HTTP’. Also, check if it shows a padlock icon in the search bar as it indicates that the website is secured and it encrypts your data when you provide any information.

In addition, make sure that the name and other content of the site are legitimate and no grammatical errors exist.

William Keener

William is a tech writer at Hacktoday. He's been writing how-to guides for about 4 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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