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Top 4 Tips To Keep Your PC Safe

You don’t need to be an expert to protect your PC. A few simple tricks, free software, and a little common sense are usually enough to keep hackers out. Learn how to escape the most common attacks in ten practical points. Hackers are rarely very good. They prefer easy prey to technological challenges.

And understandably so: the Internet is full of open personal computers that can be remotely taken over in minutes. It doesn’t take much to change sides… and not be bothered anymore. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our tips to keep your PC safe and secure.

1. Keep your PC up to date

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If there were only one piece of advice, it would be this: apply the patches! Almost all incidents, including the latest major worm outbreaks circulating on the Internet, use a known security flaw for which a patch already exists. For computers equipped with Windows, the easiest way to stay up to date is to activate the update service, Windows Update, from the Start Menu or connect directly to the dedicated site.

Be careful; the latter only corrects the operating system and Microsoft applications: remember to keep up to date with the patches available for your other software! Unfortunately, there is no centralized update system. However, some programs have automatic update functions, which you should activate specifically.

2. Install a firewall

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Using a firewall when you are on a network isolates your PC from the outside world. It acts as a gatekeeper and controls attempted connections to your computer. Some of them also allow you to decide which applications installed on your hard disk are allowed to connect to the Internet. Since the 2000 version, all versions of Microsoft’s system have a built-in firewall that you can activate.

These products offer greater configuration flexibility and more user-friendly interfaces and allow you to control the applications that can connect to the Internet. Those of Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP1 only control incoming connections, while Windows XP SP2 offers a complete program. In any case, you can activate it by going to the “property” menu of the network connection (Internet or local network) that you want to protect. If you want to go further, you can install another program like ZoneAlarm or Norton Firewall instead of the system firewall…

3. Install an antivirus

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No one is safe from a mistake: even if you are confident and don’t click on anything, installing an antivirus is still a good idea. Malicious code can be lurking in the pages of websites you visit or Office documents you open, and the fun little programs you get from your friends can contain Trojans. Antivirus software is there to root them out.

Choose one that not only scans your files but also works with your email program to intercept mail before it shows up in your message list. Likewise, if you use instant messengers such as MSN Messenger or Yahoo! Messenger, you should choose an antivirus capable of checking files received through this channel.

This is the case with products from the leading players in this market, including those from Symantec and McAfee. And of course, once the antivirus is installed, remember to activate the automatic update of its signature database! If you have a broadband connection, you can opt for a daily update; you won’t see it go by.

4. Install anti-spyware

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“Spyware” and “adware” are not just the two latest buzzwords: they are two of the most widespread malware. Adware is clandestine software installed along with applications (often free) that you download from the Internet or even websites that you visit if your browser is not up-to-date with its security patches. Their role can be to display additional advertising during surfing sessions or to study your consumption habits. Their purpose is to inform the marketing companies that install them.

Spyware, on the other hand, is malicious: it is spyware whose role is to collect confidential data on your computer and transmit them to the hackers who installed it. They, too, can be contracted via malicious web pages or carelessly downloaded utilities. To get rid of them, don’t rely on your antivirus software: their editors have never really taken the trouble to fully fight against this type of malware. They are just starting to take an interest in it.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about keeping your PC safe.

Best PC Games

The Best PC Games to Look Forward to in 2021 and Beyond

Many incredible games are coming to PC this year and afterward. There is plenty to look forward to, whatever your gaming passion from upcoming triple-A games to fascinating gems.
Whichever platform you choose – Steam, Epic, Uplay or Origin – there are many new PC games to add to your wishlist. These new games include cutting-edge games with ray tracing as well as updates to your favorite shooters, RPGs and co-op masterpieces.
We have handpicked some of the best – so prepare your wallet and wishlist.

Humankind

Humankind
Humankind

A new historical strategy game from the people who bought your Endless Space will let you redefine history. While playing Humankind, you will be facing significant historical events, making scientific breakthroughs, discovering the natural wonders of the world and more. All to build your vision of the world.

Twelve Minutes

Twelve Minutes
Twelve Minutes

Twelve Minutes is an interactive game where you assume on the role of a man trapped in a time loop after a magical romantic dinner with his wife turns to horror.
Without warning, a policeman breaks into your home, accuses your wife of murder and beats you to death. When the events begin again, you’ll have to figure out how to change the outcome before you face another agonizing death. This game definitely feels like a mix of The Shining and Memento, so it should be a terrific gaming experience.

Gamedec

Gamedec
Gamedec

Gamedec is an addicting cyberpunk RPG. It puts you in the role of a private detective tasked with solving crimes in virtual worlds. The game inside the game?
According to the developers, the game adapts to the choices you make. There is also no unique solution to any situation, so there is much choice in the way you play.

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6
Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 pledges to throw players into “the adrenaline-fuelled, chaotic world of today’s guerrilla revolution”: It is set in Yara – a fictional paradise frozen in time, ruled by a harsh dictator who is trying to restore the country to its former glory. You play a gorilla fighter trying to burn down a fascist regime.
Far Cry 6 is claimed to be the most expansive game in the series. But it will also be neat, thanks to the appearance of Hollywood stars Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad) and Anthony Gonzalez (Coco).

Age of Empires IV

Age of Empires IV
Age of Empires IV

One of the most loved real-time strategy games is making a comeback. Age of Empires IV provides a rich historical environment with eight different civilizations to play with. In addition, the game features 35 missions spread over five centuries of history from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5
Forza Horizon 5

The next outing in the Forza Horizon series takes you to the dirty tracks of Mexico. The prospect of open-world adventure in a dynamic and ever-evolving environment certainly sounds appealing. And if the previous game was anything to go by, Forza Horizon 5 should be a lot of fun.

Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy is a prospective action role-playing game. The game takes place in the late 1800s and establishes itself in the Wizarding World set by Harry Potter books. As you would expect, you will be casting spells, discovering fantastic beats and generally wizarding about the place.

Total War: Warhammer III

Total War: Warhammer III
Total War: Warhammer III

Sega and Creative Assembly have said that Total War: Warhammer III will be the greatest game yet, with war action on an outrageous scale. The third game in the series will take place in the Chaos Realm and the Orient, featuring both demonic factions and new human factions (Kislev and Cathay). Prepare to rally your forces sometime in 2021.

Shadow Warrior 3

Shadow Warrior 3
Shadow Warrior 3

More demon-slashing goodness from the Shadow Warrior series. Magnificent colorful graphics, tongue-in-cheek humor and plenty of pew. We have always been fans of these games. Shadow Warrior 3 seems to promise more of the same and we can’t wait.

 

Let us know in the comment section if there are any PC games you are waiting for impatiently.