Why is computer security important?

Computer security is the process of preventing and detecting unauthorized use of your computer. Prevention measures help you stop unauthorized users (hackers) from accessing any part of your computer system. Detection helps you to determine whether or not someone attempted to break into your system, if they were successful, and what they may have done.

Our computers have become an extension of everything we do from banking and investing to shopping and communicating with others through email or chat. You may not consider your communications "top secret," most likely you do not want strangers reading your email, using your computer to attack other systems, sending forged email from your computer, or examining personal information stored on your computer.

Hackers do not care about your identity. Often they want to gain control of your computer so they can use it to launch attacks on other computer systems.

Having control of your computer gives the hackers the ability to hide their actual location as they launch attacks, often against high-profile computer systems such as government or financial systems.

Hackers have the ability to watch all your actions on the computer, or cause damage to your computer by reformatting your hard drive or changing your data.

Unfortunately, hackers are always discovering new vulnerabilities to exploit in computer software. The complexity of software makes it increasingly difficult to thoroughly test the security of computer systems.

Internet Security is the most important aspect that everyone using the internet should understand. The Network Pro offers a few important tips to keep yourself secure and protect your Information from Security threats.

1. Latest Anti-virus software:

New threats and Viruses are being discovered everyday and to cope with that you need to have a latest version of the Anti-virus software. Even to make your Version of Anti- Virus software effective, you need to update it with latest updates available. There are many Anti- Virus Software available, both free and paid.

2. Anti-Spyware Software:

Anti-virus software alone is not enough. To be secure from Internet Security threats you also need Anti-spyware software. Spyware programs are different from viruses in a way that unlike virus it does not alter the way in which your machines works or corrupt any data but it installs itself on your machine to send important data like passwords, SSN, Credit card numbers stored on your machine to its server. So in order to detect spyware programs & prevent one from getting into your machine you need latest Anti-spyware software.

3. Password protection advice:

Passwords are the most important aspect of various online accounts. They provide access to online accounts and enable you to perform various activities linked with account like shopping, emailing, online transactions etc. Keeping your password secure is like keeping money secure. Never keep same passwords for different accounts. Never keep password’s that can be guessed or password relating to your personal's like telephone number, date of birth etc. Use long Password's consisting of both letters and digits and may be some special characters. Always Access Websites Related to your password directly by opening a new webpage and never through a link in email or provided otherwise.

4. Apply Latest Updates & Patches:

No software installed on your system is perfect for life. Vulnerabilities are bound happen. Apply the latest updates & patches to the software. These updates and patches are made available from time to time by the software manufacturer.

5. Firewall:

If possible try to Use a firewall to prevent hackers from attacking your system and find out vulnerabilities in your System. Firewall blocks traffic not authorized to access your PC. Firewall enables you to access internet securely and prevent unauthorized applications and people from accessing your PC.

Organizations like The Network Pro manage all aspects of your Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware security among many other benefits.  The Network Pro’s support gives your business piece of mind that hackers are not going to steal your sensitive business information.

If you are interested in a learning more about how The Network Pro can help manage your IT network and security call us at 877.263.8770.

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