How Do You, As The User, Create Security Holes On Your Computer?

Some of us get a little too confident when we use our computers.

We feel as if we have been working on them for so long that we know everything that we need to know about them.

The fact is that there is always something new that you can learn about your system.

And you should.

Because there are holes that you can create on your system that you might not even know about.

While you are trying to do something and reconfigure something on your computer, you are actually creating a hole that a black hat hacker can exploit.

In this article I will show you several holes that you can create as a power user.

are you opening your computer up to hackers?

are you opening your computer up to hackers?

Holes In The Firewall

When you have a firewall set up on your system, there are times when you are going to have to make an opening so that a program that you want to use can get through.

It needs a port to open and you are going to have to do it manually.

This is where the trouble comes in.

Sometimes people open the ports too wide.

They think that the program is going to need 20 port holes open and in all actuality it only needs one.

So now you have a bunch of port holes open that do not need to be.

To be able to fix this, you must be sure that you read the instructions of the program carefully.

The last thing that you want to do is to leave unnecessary holes open in your firewall.

Open what you need and that is it.

Downloading The Wrong Program

Another way that you can create a hole in your security of your computer is by installing the wrong program on it.

If you are a power user then there are going to be times when you are going to want to put new and exciting programs on your system.

Sometimes this can come back to bite you.

When a program is new you trust the creator of the program to not infect your system.

Most of the time this trust is rewarded.

But, not all of the time.

Sometimes installing a new program can be a very dangerous thing to do.

The program and the web site that you downloaded it from might seem legitimate but this is how they are able to pull you in.

Before you install any new programs in your system, make sure that you scan it with an antivirus program.

This is especially true if the program comes from some unknown company.

There are many more ways that as a power user you can make your system insecure.

If you want to make sure that you do nothing wrong, then go back to the basics.

Make sure that you scan everything and make sure that you download the programs from trusted sources.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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