How to Effectively Secure your Computer and Laptop

 15 January, 2021

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Today Phones, computers and laptops are working as communication tool that we can no longer do without. Computers and phones, which are the main devices to use for communication and sharing information, are increasingly vulnerable. Indeed, these devices and especially computers are more likely to be hacked today than 10 years ago. How then to effectively secure your computer ?

•     Use a powerful antivirus
•     Install the latest windows or macOS security updates
•     Use complex passwords to crack

Powerful anti-virus

Nowadays, a PC without antivirus is a computer open to all threats and attacks. Even if antivirus is far from being the only way to protect a computer, it remains one of the essential bases. As soon as you buy your computer, whether laptop or desktop, consider installing an antivirus that is compatible and has good standing in the list of anti-viruses. There are also pre-loaded but basic antivirus on windows 10 called “Microsoft Defender”. For Apple users, we recommend having a strong malware virus scanner to protect while browsing.
But beware, there is no question of considering fictitious antivirus offers protection for your computer. It is mandatory to purchase the antivirus and to have the license. Most of the well brand antivirus like, McAfee, Norton and etc comes with 1 year protection.

Install the Latest Security Updates

The security update is also a must when it comes to computer security. Please feel free to download updates for your operating system whenever they are available. Generally, the updates allow to correct the flaws and close the secret doors for hackers present in the system. By evolving with them, you are protected against vulnerabilities that may have already been discovered by hackers.
Some computers are programmed to automatically download system updates. In this case, you don’t have to worry about it, as the computer will check for updates on its own and install them. Other computers require permission to download, but you can always change the settings. No operating system is more immune to hacking than the others. Whether your computer is running Linux, Mac, or Windows, installing updates should be frequent.

Updating should not only be done on operating systems only. It also recommended to update the programs you have on your computer (Word, Excel, as well as the navigation systems).

Use Complex Passwords to Crack

The use of complex passwords is a reminder that cannot be overridden. Many tend to use basic passwords like 1 2 3 4, 0 0 0 0 or even their first names or date of birth. These passwords are the first instincts of all people wanting to access someone else’s computer.
Be sure to use passwords that are not directly related to you. Forget about tracks like the name of your dog or your cat, the name of your husband or your wife, your wedding date… Above all, remember to use a mixture of characters like numbers, letters and punctuation if it is allowed.

If your PC is playing up, don’t wait it to be fixed automatically. Leaving it for couple of days or months could lead to more serious issues. In some cases, computer or laptop won’t boot and also there is a risk of losing all the information. If Laptop is getting slower, first step to run the antivirus scan and if it’s still doesn’t help, speak to Laptop or PC expert to eliminate more serious issues. Call us at 0203 290 5190 or email us at info@geekscallout.co.uk for free advice.

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