Five Ways to Protect Yourself When Using a Computer

As the technology around us advances, so do the risks. One of the biggest fears that people have when using a computer, and going on the Internet, is being hacked. Our security is something we should always protect. In this ever-changing world, we never know what dangers could be waiting for us at every turn.

To help you greatly reduce the risk, here are some tips on how to keep yourself protected:

 1. Install an Effective Anti-Virus Program

The easiest and most well-known way to protect your computer is to install an effective anti-virus program. This works like a vaccine: when a virus attempts to access your computer, this program detects it and then proceeds to eradicate it. Of course, some viruses are stronger than others, so it is important to get one of the higher kinds of anti-virus programs. Personally, just to be sure, I would suggest that you buy these applications, instead of downloading a lite version on the Internet. If there is anything you should not cheap out on, it is this.

Of course, always remember to update this software.

2. Avoid Sharing Your Personal Information

At present, more and more applications are being introduced to make our lives more convenient. Bank transfers, online selling, and job interviews are just some of the tasks now done virtually, which ask us for a lot of personal information. Always remember to check if the website is legitimate and if the connection is secure before sharing any personal information. The same applies to your passwords.

Recently, there have been more and more cases of money laundering and illegal transactions through online methods. That is why it is important to remember this rule: When in doubt, close the tab.

 3. Passwords

Passwords are supposed to be highly encrypted measures that block people from gaining access to your account. Therefore, be sure to use a complicated password. Avoid using personal information such as your birthday or initials, which can be easily researched.

Use a term that not many people know about, but at the same time, is also easy to remember. If all else fails, just use a jumbled-up combination of numbers, lower and upper case letters, and symbols. The important thing to remember here is not to be generic. A unique and random password is usually an effective one. 

4. Filter Your Email and Delete Spam

One of the most basic reasons people use computers for is to check their email. Unfortunately, this is also a usual place where hackers can attack you.  To prevent this from happening, take advantage of your filter settings. Normally, emails today automatically flag suspicious messages they perceive to be as spam. Once they appear in your spam folder, delete them immediately.

Many of these messages may seem very normal. They will use different methods to entice you to open the message, such as a cry for help, or an announcement that you won a raffle. Always be vigilant with these strategies and make it a regular habit of deleting your spam messages.

 5. Backing Up Important Data

This last one is less about protecting yourself from hackers, but more so being prepared in case of technical difficulties. In most cases, we store a lot of sensitive information on our computers. As with any machine, there is always a risk that they completely break down. In this case, it is essential to back up important documents.

Invest in an external hard drive with a strong security system. Make sure also that there is adequate space before you start moving files. At the very least, this is an important insurance policy to ensure your important files are safe and well kept.


Our privacy as individuals is always something that we should strive protect, most especially in this digital world, which has many growing risks. These are just some very basic suggestions to ensure that we are using our computers responsibly and safely. It may seem like very simple suggestions, but following these will go a long way in ensuring our protection from these virtual dangers.


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