There is no limit as to how many problems and ailments your system can suffer with the plague of web tracking, Trojans, bugs, viruses, keylogger, and computer and internet monitoring software. With the advancement of technology and the string of wannabe hacker tech gods that followed, your system is always under threat of an entire squadron of malware and mal apps. Some of them may simply be mildly annoying (like spammy), some may steal your data and online credentials, and some may actually corrupt your system and the files saved on it to irretrievable extremes.
But whatever the degree of harm that may befall you, you should always be aware and active when it comes to securing your PC from hackers and as much as harm as possible. That being said, it’s not a mammoth task to do nor does anyone need to have a panic attack and go looking for professional help. At least not until you are %100 sure that your system has been infected and need to rectify the situation. Hoping that does not ever occur, here are some tips and tricks to make sure that a hacker does not get at you due to sheer carelessness or ignorance on your part.
- Invest in an antivirus. A number of top notch antivirus packages are available and that too at very affordable prices. If you are still reluctant to get a paid one, then at least get a guardian antivirus (free versions) so that your system is scanned regularly for threats. However, it is advisable to get a paid one since there are more features available which will make your life easier in the long run. Avira Antivirus and Microsoft Security essentials (MSE) are both good choices for starters since they are easy and work very well with Windows.
- Set up a firewall. This may sound like a real hassle to not so tech savvy folks but the benefit of a firewall in unmatched. It may not be able to stop all hackers but it definitely will protect your PC from annoying newbies trying out their hack skills. A firewall will also allow you to decide which programs on your PC get internet access and which ones don’t. This way if a computer and internet monitoring software has found its way onto your system, you can cut its internet access and stop the immediate spying until you remove it (or a figure a way out to if that is the case). If all this is new to you, a great firewall to opt for is ZoneAlarm. It’s simple to use as well and allows you to monitor apps with minimum hassle. More expert users can go for Komodo and Outpost since they have more features.
- Finally, clean out the pen drives. For those of you wondering why that is, a pen drive is the hub of virus infections on PCs. You cannot completely stop using USBs now but you can use a ’vaccine’ to ensure of their hacker free state. The best option out nowadays is Panda’s USB vaccine that is known to disable Autorun, something that hackers constantly exploit. Having done that, you will have ensured that your system remains hacker free hopefully.
About The Author: James Clark has been writing about Computer and Internet Monitoring Software for quite a bit of his career. His articles have been a source of information for those looking to find out more about the latest Computer Spy Software and he’s helped many tackle their privacy and security issues along the way.