6 computer security rules to follow

6 computer security rules to follow

Again, let's talk about computer security. Antiviruses are not perfect, if you only trust antivirus software, chances are that sooner or later you will take a risk. The risk may be negligible, but it is there.

To prevent this from happening, it is advisable to follow common sense and some safe computer use practices, which I will write about today.

Use antivirus

Even if you are a very careful user and never install any software, you should have an antivirus. Your computer may be infected simply because you have Adobe Flash or Java plug-ins installed in your browser and someone noticed your next vulnerability before an update was released. Just visit any web page. Also, even if the list of websites you visit is limited to two or three very reliable, it does not mean that you are protected.

This is by no means the most common way for malware to spread, but it does happen. Antivirus is an important element of security and can prevent these threats, among other things. In fact, Microsoft just announced that it recommends using a third-party antivirus product instead of Windows Defender (Microsoft Security Essentials). See the best free antivirus

Don't disable UAC in Windows

User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7 and 8 operating systems, although sometimes annoying, especially after reinstalling the operating system and installing all the programs you want, helps prevent suspicious programs from modifying the system. Like antivirus, it is an extra layer of security. See how to disable UAC in Windows.

Do not disable Windows and program updates

Every day new security holes are discovered in software, including Windows. This applies to any software: browsers, Adobe Flash and PDF Reader, and others.

Developers are constantly releasing updates that, among other things, patch these security holes. It should be noted that it is not uncommon when the next patch is released, it is reported which security problems have been fixed, which in turn increases the activity of its exploitation by attackers.

Therefore, for your own sake, it is important to update your software and operating system regularly. In Windows, it is best to set automatic updates (it is configured like this by default). Browsers are also automatically updated, as are installed plugins. However, if you have manually disabled update services for them, it may not be a good thing. See How to disable Windows updates

Be careful about the programs you download

This is probably one of the most common reasons why your computer gets infected with viruses, the Windows banner appears blocked, problems logging in to social networks, and other problems. Typically this is due to a lack of user experience and the fact that programs are found and installed from questionable sites. Usually the user writes "download Skype", sometimes adding "free, no sms or registration" to the request. Such requests only lead to sites where, under the guise of the right program, something completely wrong can slip by.

Also, sometimes even on official sites you can see a lot of ads with download buttons, which lead to downloading absolutely not what you need. Be careful.

The best way to download the program is to go to the official page of the developer and do it there. In most cases, to get to such a site, just type in the address line Software_Name.com (but not always).

Avoid using pirated programs

In our country, it is somehow not common to buy software products, and the main source of downloading games and programs are torrents and, already mentioned, sites with questionable content. At the same time, everyone downloads a lot and often: sometimes they install two or three games in a day just to see what's on or because they "just released it."

Also, the installation instructions for many of these programs explicitly state: disable antivirus, add the game or program to firewall and antivirus exceptions, and the like. Don't be surprised that your computer behaves strangely after this. Not everyone is hacking and "kicking" just released a game or program due to great altruism. It is quite possible that after installation your computer will persistently start earning BitCoin for someone or doing something else, improbably useful for you.

Do not disable the firewall

Windows has a built-in firewall, and sometimes for some program or other purposes a user decides to disable it completely and never resort to it again. It is not a wise decision, since you become more vulnerable to attacks from the network, exploiting unknown security holes in system services, worms, etc. By the way, if you are not using a Wi-Fi router at home, through which all computers are connected to the Internet, and there is only one PC or laptop connected to a cable provider directly, then your network is "Public" and not "Domestic", this is important. You should write an article on configuring a firewall. See how to disable Windows Firewall

That's probably the main thing I remember telling you. I can also add here the recommendation not to use the same password in two places and not to be lazy, disable Java on the computer and be careful. Hope this article is useful to someone.