5 PC Tips to Safely Sail You through This Holiday Season!
You know a lot of tricks to keep your Windows-based computer safe from malware. Nonetheless, a small recapitulation will only help you re-establish the facts yet again. So, while you are preparing yourself for the holiday season and even after that, you need to remember the below points at all times. Basically, while you are online, you can’t risk even one moment of carelessness and especially when you know the entire web is full of vulnerabilities watching out for your slightest miss.
So, here’s a recap of everything that you know about online security, right from the beginning. Be honest to yourself while you are answering these and in case you come across any lag, don’t delay fixing it…
Take a look at your installed antivirus
Certainly, you have one of the best antivirus programs available. However, unless you verify it from time to time, having it on your device alone wouldn’t do you much good. So, check its settings, check whether the patches have been installed, check also the activity reports that your security program may have compiled for you to understand the vulnerabilities. And lastly, do scan your system using the antivirus to ensure all’s well.
Recheck your malware scanner
This is yet another check point you should verify before carrying on with your holiday shopping sessions. Scan your device and all the installed programs to find out if a nasty malware has sneaked in. While an antivirus program secures you from viruses only, an anti-malware can also identify rootkits, bots, Trojans, worms and so on.
When did you last inspect the firewall?
A firewall application monitors the ‘to and fro’ traffic between your network and the computer. Check if the program is on and the kind of content it has blocked over the last few days. You’ll get a fair enough idea about the websites you should clearly avoid visiting next time. If there’s been a change in the setting, reset the firewall’s setting to one that best suits you.
Are all the updates installed?
All the above applications will work best only if you keep them update and current. An outdated security program can do you more harm than not having that security program at all. So, other than having a program, it’s important that you update it regularly. Visit the official website of the program and install the latest updates the company has released. You’ll surely feel much safer after this.
What about the security of your installed applications?
All your installed applications – productivity tools, e-mail clients, and browsers and so on require safeguarding. So, revisit them once to check if they are configured to best enjoy security coverage. Also, it can be a good idea to encrypt all your sensitive data to prevent them from getting stolen and misused. In addition, re-check your passwords and modify the existing ones, if you’ve been using them for a long time. If possible, set up a secondary account on your system so that you can take care of all your holiday shopping experiences using that account. Keep your primary account safe and use this second account for all your random web surfing sessions.