Educate Yourself To Keep Computer Safe And Secure On The Internet
incienso413 • onIt & Systems 9 years ago • 3 min read

We have discussed ways and programs that help you improve your computer security, installing antivirus, antispyware and making backups, etc. But to be blunt, they are all secondary, not essential. To keep computer safe and secure on the internet, the most important method you should master is, to get yourself educated.

I know a friend, a computer geek, and there is no security software on his computer. But surprisingly he has never got infected. We are not computer experts and I’m not persuading you to get rid of your security programs. I just say that educate yourself and form decent online habit can significantly help to keep computer safe and secure.

Educate yourself and be smart about where you visit and what you click on - Understanding how you can get infected and what to avoid when using the Internet will be the most important step in keeping your computer safe and secure. The majority of people who have infections on their machines were infected due to lack of knowledge and clicking on things that they should not. Here’s a list of actions under this step that you should not do:

1: Do not open attachments from users that you do not know. This is one of the most effective ways for viruses to infect you. If you can’t define the user, then simply do not open the email and delete it.

2: Never open an attachment that is a .exe, .pif, .com, or .bat unless you specifically know the file is clean. The majority of these are always bad!

3: If you visit a site and a popup appears saying that your computer is unsafe, ignore it! These are gimicks that are used to make you click on the ad which then can potentially install unwanted malware.

4: When you go to a site and a popup occurs, many times they will make them look like normal Windows message boxes in order to trick you into clicking on them. Instead just close them by clicking on the X.

5: Do not visit porn sites! I know some of you may not be happy about this, but the reality is that the majority of spyware and browser hijackers are put on your computer through porn sites.

6: Do not visit warez sites! Not only is pirated software illegal, but it is a breeding ground for malware.

7: Do not visit crack sites! Many of the cracks include malware in them!

8: If you use P2P software, make sure you are careful about what you open. Malware is all over the P2P networks.

9: Read the license agreement for any software that you install. Many free downloads are offered with spyware and other programs that you DO NOT want on your computer. Reading the agreement may help you to spot them.

You may have your own tips for this, and that’s very good thing. Getting yourself educated is the most effective and cheapest way to keep computer safe and secure. I know it’s a little bit hard at the beginning you follow these steps. Just force yourself to do so, and before long you will get yourself used to it. And at that time, there is little chance your computer falls.


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