When we purchase an appliance, then we hope to be able to take it home, take a brief glimpse at the instructions for setting it up, plug it in and go. For most items, this expectation is fulfilled, even, unfortunately, for the home PC. Actually, as soon as you get a few things plugged into the back of it all you have to do is turn it on and start browsing. When you first begin a Windows PC, there is a brief setup routine which asks if you would like to turn on Automatic Updates (recommended), but little else in the way of how to properly secure your PC and the network it’s plugged into.
PC manufacturers should at least provide a short, animated tutorial or video which explains these five crucial steps to securing a House PC and network:
1. While the Windows firewall is on by default these days, in case your PC is plugged straight in your Internet connection (for instance, your broadband router), you are visible to everyone on the’Net. The router carries this live Internet address and translates it to a personal address that is invisible to anyone on the exterior.
2. Change the router default password. All routers come pre-assembled using a default password and login. All these are well known and records are posted on the Web. While an attacker normally can not get to this from the outside, if you somehow become infected with remote management malware, then an attacker can access it from your computer. He can change the preferences to ship you virtually anyplace he wants you to proceed. Not excellent.
3. Install or upgrade a security package . Most PCs nowadays come bundled with either anti-virus or a full security suite like McAfee Internet Security or Norton Internet Security. My favorite is ESET Smart Security; regrettably, this isn’t one that you’ll see bundled with a brand new PC. Make sure the software is current and make sure it will update itself automatically.
4. Turn on Automatic Updates. You should have done this when you set up the pc, but in case you have not, take action today.
5. All of the security apparatus and software in the world will not help you if you click pop-ups, open every email you receive, click on random links, and normally practice unsafe browsing. Unfortunately, this is the one of the main reasons why the offenders continue to succeed. Take pawned to learn how to be safe on the’Web by making use of these free tools: