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  • Five easy tips to protect your PC from hackers and malware
    Time: Jan. 17, 2020



    Sadly, common sense alone isn’t enough to protect your Windows PC from malware –

    malicious software that disrupts your computer’s operations or gathers sensitive information

    about your online behaviour.


    Hackers can attack your PC in so many different ways that employing several layers of

    anti-malware protection is the only way to keep your PC malware-free when it’s online.


    Here are five steps to protect your computer from Malware.





    Tip 1: Install, update and use anti-virus software





    Installing antivirus software may sound like an obvious first step to protect against

    malware, but not everyone bothers to do it. With so many options now available, though,

    there really is no excuse. Microsoft offers its own free protection in the form of the Windows

    Defender Security Centre. 



    Tip 2: Keep Windows up to date





    Hackers often discover new ways to bypass Windows’ built-in security features, which

    is why Microsoft issues small operating system updates every Tuesday and larger updates

    once or twice a year. These will be downloaded and installed automatically by Windows

    Update, but only if this feature is properly configured.


    Windows Update cannot be switched off by default in Windows 10, you should be receving

    updates already. However, if you'd like to check for a new update, search Windows Update

    from the Start Menu. 



    Tip 3: Turn on the Windows firewall





    Windows has a built-in ‘firewall’ that protects your PC from unwanted attention via the

    internet. This software firewall is enabled by default and works alongside any hardware

    firewall that’s built into your home broadband router. Check its settings by typing “check firewall”

     in the Start menu search box and choosing Check firewall status from the results.


    Three green tick marks mean the firewall is working normally - if not, select each one

    to turn the firewall on.



    Tip 4: Use the latest version of your web browser





    Web browsers are vital applications, but just like other software, they can contain bugs.

    Hackers are quick to capitalise on these and create bogus (or infect genuine) web sites

    with data designed to exploit them. Once a web browser has been compromised in this

    way, a hacker can monitor everything you type, including passwords to credit card numbers.

    That’s why it’s vital to use the latest version of your web browser - anything other than

    this may be a security risk.


    Internet Explorer is on its way out to make way for Microsoft Edge, so don't expect to use

    that forever. Edge, like Google Chrome and Firefox browsers, should automatically update




    Tip 5: Don't fall for phishing emails





    Emails that appear to be from a recognisable online service asking you to log into a site to

    confirm some personal details are always fake.


    These emails are usually caught by your email application’s spam filter, but if one does

    slip through and you click its link, your web browser should detect and block the site it

    takes you to.


    This does depend on your web browser being aware of the fraudulent site, though, which is

    another good reason to always use the most recent version.