Have you installed an antivirus program?
Got an antispyware program?
Is your operating system fully patched?
Your PC must now be totally secure, right?
If you have been online for any length of time then you should already be aware of the types of programs I mentioned above.
If not, then you are a danger and a menace to yourself.
On the other hand, if you do run the appropriate security programs then chances are that your computer is running fine and contains no malware.
Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.
Don’t be too pleased with yourself though because your PC is still not totally secure yet.
WHY YOU NEED TO PHYSICALLY SECURE YOUR COMPUTER
Some, perhaps most, of the threats to your PC come from across the internet but there is another type of danger too, a very human one.
Its easy to forget that data theft can occur in person and theres also the issue of hardware being stolen too.
How secure is your laptop?
Do you leave it on the front seat of your car when you are out on the road?
Do you lock it in the boot?
Worse still, have you ever left your computer unattended in a public place, even for just a minute or two?
What would happen if someone picked it up and ran?
What personal or business information would you lose, how would you retrieve it and what damage could be caused with it?
SECURING YOUR COMPUTER
The first thing you should do is to engage your brain as commonsense often goes a long way.
You should always secure your computer in an appropriate manner.
For laptops that means never letting them out of your site, locking them away out of sight when not being used and keeping windows shut (and doors locked) when stopped at traffic lights.
For desktop computers you can buy various cables and locks which can secure your machine to the desk.
Of course it goes without saying that a determined thief would take your PC whatever you do but most are opportunists and the above tips will make your computer far less appealing to them than the next one they can see.