5 Internet Safety Tips to Keep Your PC Secure Online

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PC or laptop security has become a great concern as it hampers the processing of the device and can even corrupt or ruin the information stored therein. Computing devices often source most of the security risks from the Internet. Statistics reveal that in the US alone, 24 million households experience heavy spam that is circulated through emails. Around 16 millions household have had serious virus issues in the last 2 years and 8 million users have had spyware problems in the last 6 months. Approx one million people have reported that their personal accounts, even financial, have been misused through phishing. It has been concluded based on surveys and calculation of other data that 50.1% of US PCs have had been affected by virus attacks that makes United States the third most online virus affected country. (source: www.statisticbrain.com)

The aforementioned data is shocking in light of the fact that in spite of having effective antivirus programs, people are still risking their computers to online security threats. According to a global study conducted by McAFee in 2012, it was found that 1 in 6 windows PC (source: www.tomshardware.com) are without the protection of antivirus software. There are thousands of articles and blogs that talk about the importance of online PC security against viruses and malwares, especially for the computers that are exposed to consistent Internet browsing. Yet, PC and laptop users are seemed to be unresponsive towards the fact that browsing the Internet on an exposed computer is highly risky because:

  • It increases the risk of data loss
  • It causes identity theft
  • It contributes to the spread of harmful programs and nasty viruses.

How to keep the PC Secure Online?

The first and foremost step is to install an effective antivirus program in your computing device. Around 19.32% of Americans surf the Internet without protection. So, first of all it is important that people should act proactively about installing antivirus programs in their PC and should also renew the subscription before it gets outdated to stay protected flawlessly. According to a reliable data around 17% of Americans are browsing the Internet using computers with outdated antivirus subscription. (source: www.tomshardware.com)

However, installing the antivirus program is not the end of the concern. Apart from doing that, users also need to adopt Internet safety measures to keep their PCs secure online.

Following are some of the Internet safety tips that you can include in your browsing habit:

Five Internet Safety Tips

  1. Windows updates

When you receive notification prompting about the Windows updates, don’t ignore them bothering about the extra pain that you have to take in rebooting your computer. It is all for the safety of your device. Hence, when you get Windows update notification, don’t delay on working on it. Rather, make it a point to visit the Windows official website in 3 or 4 months to check if any new update has been proposed for any of the programs.

  1. Practice safe browsing habits

Viruses can make inroads to your PC easily if you practice wrong browsing habits. Hence, in spite of having antivirus programs installed, try to practice safe surfing such as:

  • Don’t click on suspicious links
  • Don’t open email messages from unknown senders
  • Don’t open emails that are spams and claim winning of something
  • Don’t download anything from incredible sources
  • Install a browser add-on that rates website safety. This add-on will show the safety rating of all links in a browser and will help you in judging the credibility of a website or link.
  1. Enable firewall

Firewall is the inbuilt protection tool or guard of Windows that checks the ongoing and off going traffic of your computer. It restricts the malicious traffic from entering your PC. Hence, it is highly recommended to keep the firewall of your computer enabled all the time, especially while browsing the Internet.

  1. Create a separate User account

If your computer is often used by someone else also, then it will be wise to create a separate user account. In this account you should incorporate limited rights so that others users couldn’t make any potentially dangerous changes to your system.

  1. Always scan removable hard drive

If you connect removable hard drive to your PC or laptop, make sure to first scan it through your antivirus programs and then use it for data transmission with your computer.

The aforementioned Internet safety tips are the basic and the most important one. If you don’t practice them, even your antivirus will not be able to provide 100% protection to your PC or laptop. The effectiveness of an antivirus program combined with safe internet browsing habits can only keep a PC secure online.

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Brooke M. Perry has 69 articles online

 Brooke M. Perry is an ardent technician associated with Qresolve online computer support with wide experience of fixing issues with PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. With a strong track record of devising effective ways of internet security and system security, she has so far helped thousands of users across the globe. Her writings on tech issues are the reflection of her in-depth interest and command she carries as a  pc security support technician. Her blogs and articles have been rated high for their lucid style and easy to understand language.

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This article was published on 2014/05/07