All bellow PC security rules are based on my personal experience in personal computers securing at work and home. I would share my personal experience with common Internet users to help keep on-line surfing and work safe and enjoyable. If you find it useful or if you have got some question please let me know.
Generally, basics of a home PC security are very simple and easy to achieve – just remember about few basic principles…
PC security rule 1
Always remember to set password for all users on your system – never leave them blank!!
If you don’t know how to choose good password, check please this tutorial – Create strong passwords by Microsoft Safety&Security Center.
If you would check how strong is your current password use this link – password checker.
A bit of explanation, why is so important – in case of internet worm or trojan horse attack – “bad guys” trying first to login by use standard logins (eq. Administrator, guest) without a password or with password the same as user name or most popular such as: password, ilovehorses, windows, 1234qwer – list of most common passwords you should avoid here!
PC security rule 2
You always should use up-to-date antivirus program to protect PC security. On the Internet you can find and download many free antivirus programs, for example:
- Very light Panda Cloud Free Antivirus
- Free AVG – free for home users with e-mail scanner, online shield and search security assistant.
- ClamAV – one of the best and free choice for Linux and UNIX systems
- Immunet + ClamAV scan engine – first free Anti-Virus solution based on a cloud computing, which is best and lightweight to be used as a second anti-malware software in the system
- ClamWin – free antivirus program for Windows based on source code of Clam Anti Virus with user‑friendly interface
- avast! for home – second commercial product but it’s free for home users
To improve your PC security, you can use anti-spyware software, for example: Spybot-S&D©® – one of the best software of this kind
Warning! – be careful when you download unknown anti-virus software from the Internet. There is many false ‘anti-viruses’ and ‘anti-spyware’ programs called rogue security software which just pretend working software that misleads and scare users by the fake virus findings! In fact this software forces users into paying for simulated removal of malware. There is the list of rogue security software
PC security rule 3
Keep your OS and software up to date by automatic updates turned on and periodic inspections of software such as: Secunia Online Software Inspector. If you do not use Windows File and Printer Sharing service, remember to switch it off, because it’s very insecure and vulnerable to virus and worm attacks.
PC security rule 4
Secure an aplication installation – if you downloading some files from the Internet and you are not sure about that file is secure or that place from where you downloaded this file is not trusted, you should scan it with antivirus program or by free online scaner for example: Kaspersky Lab file scanner or multi-scanners like: VirusTotal or Jotti