Many people wonder whether or not their computer is secure. They fear that someone might be looking through their files, copying, altering, or erasing them. They are uneasy about the thought that someone might be monitoring their every move in cyberspace.
These concerns come to mind when reminded of the problem of hackers, viruses, and other security risks that abound in the Internet. With the rise of digital technology, and high speed Internet, it's a safe assumption to make that most people are constantly connected to the Internet. Often times computer users leave themselves WIDE open for attack from a cybercriminal.
If you're unprepared, and you are taken by surprise – this could be the beginning of a long series of attacks and the risk of having your personal information and accounts compromised as well. Fortunately it’s easy to prevent these problems by following a few simple tips. Keep Your Security Software Updated Perhaps the most important step for computer security is to keep it updated. Install the latest critical updates and service packs from Microsoft's download center.
This is made easy by configuring the system to utilize Automatic Updates, if available. If not, updates can be downloaded directly from Microsoft's download center. Currently, Windows XP is no longer supported with updates for Microsoft. The most up to date you can get with Windows security nowadays is with Windows 10. They have recently announced that Microsoft will stop supporting updates for even Windows 7 as well in the very near future. When it comes to Microsoft security, if you're running anything older than Windows 10, your best course of action is to ensure that you have anti-virus and anti-malware software included. You should also always make certain that this software is up to date with the most recent security patches for worms and viruses. It's also very important to have a firewall in place to protect your computer from outbound attacks and other malicious cyber-criminals. In the next section we will discuss the firewall more in depth.