Getting hacked or picking up a virus is every computer user’s worst nightmare. It isn’t just computers and laptops that are susceptible to viruses, but also Smartphones, tablets, televisions and any other device that is used to access the internet. Fraudsters who successfully hack into your computer can then collect information about you that can then be sold or posted online. Knowledge is the key to preventing these attacks, after all if you learn how other people have falling victim to hackers and viruses then you can put the right measures in place to stop it happening to you. Here are four simple tips to help keep you one step ahead of the fraudsters.


Use a strong password

Using a strong password is advisable as it will make life more difficult for the hackers. It is also good practice to change your password on a monthly basis, make a note in your diary to change it on the first day of every month. It is also a good idea to use different passwords for different sites, that way if one of your online accounts is hacked sensitive data stored in others will not be easily accessed by the hackers.

Install a good quality ant-virus

Not having good quality anti-virus software simply isn’t an option. Whilst most PC’s come with anti-virus software as standard, you may want to up-grade to a more substantial package. Keeping it up-to-date is also vital as there are many new malwares detected every year. As well as anti-virus software if you own an ecommerce business it is a good idea to purchase SSL certificates which encrypt sensitive data such as credit card details so that no third party can intercept it.

Perform daily scans

Running a daily scan on your systems hard drive adds an extra layer of protection by preventing virus or spyware programmes from running. They will detect, isolate and remove any infections that might not have been picked up by security software before they get a chance to run.

Surf safely

Make sure you use the real Google, Yahoo or Bing as your search engine rather than another browser. Sometimes a toolbar will change your search engine to theirs so they can make some money from advertisements. You should always avoid clicking unknown links in your email. You need to be aware as some of these emails look legit claiming to be from a bank or a well known company and may not immediately look like spam.

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