If you think about it, being hacked can be worse than being robbed (Of course, if there is a gun involved, being robbed takes the cake every time.) When your computer gets hacked, odds are you will never see it coming. You cannot simply hold onto your bag tighter, yell for help, or spray a can of mace at a faceless hacker. At the same time, most people don’t keep years of important folders, files, or photos in their Louis Vuittons the way millions of people keep such items stored in their hard drives. That being said, there are several ways in which you can protect your computer from being hacked, or at the very least lesson the risk of it happening to you.
- Install Protective Software: Install and continuously update software like Antivirus, Anti-malware, and Anti-spyware to help prevent, detect, and –if necessary – delete harmful viruses and the like.
- Always Keep Firewalls Activated: A firewall works as a filter for the information your computer sends and receives. This feature will help keep your network secure at all times.
- Update Your System: Hackers are a maliciously clever breed and are always looking for new ways to get into your computer. Constantly keep up with updates, security alerts, and new patches to stay one step ahead of them.
- Beware of Downloads: It’s called spam for a reason! Make sure you think twice before downloading especially if the download comes from a shady source such as an unrecognized email sender or risqué sites. This is the quickest and easiest way for hackers to attack your computer.
If your computer has already been hacked, it is still possible to have it fixed by an IT specialist but be aware that not all damages may be reversed. That is why it is vital to install preventative features and the like before it happens. And remember to follow these steps in the future to protect your technology from hackers.