Make Sure Your Personal Computer Is Not Set Up For Failure When It Comes To Security

These days all you really hear about is the IPhone and the many Android based phones that are out there. And that really make sense since they are the most popular phones out on the market right now. And while you are starting to use those types of devices more and more, when it comes to serious computing there is still one king device that reigns supreme above all of the others. When you are trying to get work done in a real way that is going to take you hours, you are not going to reach for your phone or tablet. You are going to reach for your laptop or go over to your desktop and get to work. While the other devices are more casual computing and occasional work, the PC is still the main workhorse in your household. When you need to get work done you are going to reach for your computer before anything else.

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And that is why you need to be serious when it comes to the maintenance on your computer. You need it for serious work so you have to make sure that everything is working right. If it is not working right then you are not going to be able to get anything done at all. That is why it is a good thing that all of these devices are out on the market right now. This includes devices such as the IPad and the IPhone. These devices allow you to be able to compute casually without having to use your main computer. You can use your main computer to be able to get serious work done and when the kids need a computer you can send them to one of your many other devices.

But if you are not taking care of the security when it comes to your main computer then you it really does not matter. The device with the most valuable information on it is going to be the one that is targeted. And in most cases that device is your desktop or laptop computer. You need to make sure that your most valuable device does not make an attractive option to black hat hackers when they are online looking for targets. And you are able to do that by adding bits and pieces of security on your computer. Black hat hackers like to go after easy target when it is all about the money. They do not have time to waste on someone who is going to be a hard target. Why go after someone who is going to be a harder target when you are probably going to get the same amount of reward as an easy target would get. They are not going to want to and that is why you want to make sure that your main computer is a hard target to deal with.

First of all you want to make sure that all of your software and your operating system is up to date. That means that all of the security holes in that particular software has been found and patched up. Most attacks these days are done against the software that is installed on your computer and not the operating system itself. Since that is the case you have to make sure that everything is in working order before you go online again. After that make sure that your antivirus and firewall is activated and is also up to date. These are your first line of defense against the bad guys and believe it or not this will stop a high amount of attacks. And last but not least you want to make sure that you are careful when you use that computer online. There is no better security in the world than common sense. Make sure you have some when you are on your main computer.

Follow these rules and you can be sure that you will be able to stay safe while you are on your main computer at home.

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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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