7 Tips to Protect Your Data from Hackers and Viruses

With the advent of Internet, computer users have been plagued a lot by increasingly aggressive hackers and viruses. This article will probe into this issue and present 7 effective tips to secure your data against the threat.

You may have stored a plenty of significant data on your computers, such as myriad of emails, client personal information, and confidential documents and so on. Needless to say, you wouldn’t like to experience the situation that some or all of the data get ruined by hackers or viruses. So how can you protect them?

Viruses

1. Invest in Reliable Security Programs

Firewall has a good performance in preventing hackers from gaining access to your computer. Common operating systems like Windows come endowed with firewalls. Thus you need to ensure to turn the firewall on. And make sure that you have configured all the relevant settings properly.

Besides, antivirus software can scan your computer and detect various viruses, Trojans and spyware. You should pick out dependable, genuine and experienced antivirus software. Also, you are better off carrying out a complete scan at regular intervals.

2. Update Your Computer’s OS and All Software

Furthermore, you have to update your computer’s operating system and all third party software. If possible, you should enable automatic updating function. It can block hackers from entering your computer by the shortcomings of outdated system or software.

3. Install Trusted Software Only

If you cannot identify whether a program is believable, you had better not install it. Moreover, when installing an application, you need check if it comes pre-packed with other software or plugins. Beware of it because that it’s usually malware. It’s advisable to only download and install the copyrighted software from genuine platform, such as Microsoft or Adobe.

4. Never Click Suspicious Links in Webpage, Email, etc.

When surfing Internet, you should keep an eye of those suspected links, such as some popup ads, interactive dialog. They may carry viruses. Once you click on them, your  data will vanish. Another hidden danger worthy of mention is that email borne viruses. For instance, they may be disguised as innocuous links in an Outlook email. As long as you click it, the viruses will destroy your Outlook data. In that case, you will rack your brains trying to think about how to recover Outlook data.

5. Apply Strong Password to Login

You ought to set a login password to your computer. Additionally, the password must encompass diverse characters, including letters, numbers and symbols, etc. Of course, apart from computer, other devices as well as all accounts must need a strong password. If feasible, you can specify a specific password to one device or account.

6. Preserve Your Wireless Network

If you are using a wireless network at home, take adequate precautions to protect it against hackers. Undoubtedly, you need encrypt the wireless communications. In other words, you have to change the default identifier of the router as well as the preset admin password. Moreover, you ought to turn off the network when not using. Bear in mind that all public WIFI hot spots are not totally secure. You cannot identify if the public WIFI routers have vulnerabilities that are never patched. Hence, in order to prevent hackers from stealing your data, you should never connect your equipment that carries important data to the open WIFI hot spots.

7. Make Data Backups for Insurance

Apart from the mentioned above approaches, it is still essential to make backups for your data periodically. In this case, even though your data is contracted by viruses, you can still revert to the backups. If you have enough funds, it is wise to apply more than one type of backup and making several copies..

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including sql recovery and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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