Hacking is becoming a common topic in the news. As an individual, you might think that this is one of those not-my-circus-not-my-monkeys kind of problems. But you might be wrong.
Protecting cyber security is the responsibility of everyone who uses a computer. By leaving your computer open to hackers, you don’t just risk your own information, you risk the information of every other site and user your computer comes in contact with.
Hackers can use vulnerabilities in your computer to place malicious software, or malware, that tracks your movements and steals information. Stealing passwords and usernames from you gives them a foothold on the websites you visit. From there, they can steal more information from more users. That’s how a security breach is born.
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What can you do to protect your computer?
1. Be careful what you click
Those surveys on Facebook, the questionable news headlines, the websites offering luxury items at low, low prices, might be planting malware on your computer. Avoid clicking links from anyone other than trusted sources. And remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
2. Protect your passwords
Create strong passwords and then write them down and file them away. Don’t store them in the cloud, and don’t put them in a document called passwords. That makes them too easy for hackers to find. You’re better off keeping a list of passwords in a drawer on your desk.
3. Install Malwarebytes
This software helps block malware from your computer and alerts you when there’s a potential breach. It works in conjunction with your existing virus protection software. Visit our Facebook page in the month of January for a chance to win a one-year subscription paid for by Technology Solutions, Inc.
4. Fix problems as soon as you notice them
Continuing to use your computer when you suspect it might have malware is a recipe for disaster. A single piece of malware is like an ant. If you notice one and don’t take care of it, you’re likely to end up with an infestation.
If you suspect you might have malware on your computer, bring it to your local tech support team for a thorough cleaning and repair.
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