Safety hints for the unwary

When going out you close your windows and lock your doors for security, and so you should always make sure ensure your computer is secure by installing anti-virus, anti-spyware and a firewall, or a package including all three. I personally use Norton and have found them the best. Check once a week at least for updates and install them when they become available, if not hackers will exploit any existing flaws to get into your system. Take advantage of ‘auto-update’ features to ensure you receive the updates as soon as they are released but always check yourself as sometimes the auto update does not work so it is always a good idea to double check.

Suspicious emails if they come from a person you do not know, do not open it as the files it may contain could have viruses inside and these would infect your computer and it is possible they could take your personal details.

VPN this is a virtual private network and can normally be purchased for under £20 this helps when you use Wi-Fi or hot spots that you are unfamiliar with, they scramble you, this is a secure line between the computer and the VPN, which means that other people cannot see the data passing between them. As an additional layer of security, the data passing through the tunnel is encrypted, and alters the information in a particular way; However the user’s computer and the VPN know the key to the encryption, so when the data reaches its destination, it can be decrypted and returned to its original state. Basically meaning it is stop any other person knowing what you are sending.

 

Make sure you have a good password it is best if they contain letters both upper and lower case together with numbers and symbols, and they should be over 6 characters I have mine set at 10. I is always best if you alter your password at regular intervals.