Malware and ransomware abound these days. Malicious parties exist out there. Here are five tips to enhance your computer security so that you can help minimize any malicious activities taking place with your computer usage.
Always be cautious about clicking on links embedded in email, especially if they are in an email that you aren’t expecting. It’s easy for malicious parties to create a hyperlink in an email and make it look like it will take you to a specific website, but instead it will actually take you to a different, unexpected website. Malicious emails use this strategy to try to lure you to a malicious website. For better computer security, therefore, avoid clicking links on emails, particularly if you’re not expecting the email. You should also be cautious of emails that look like legitimate email but have malicious intent. (How to identify phishing scams)
Never store your passwords in your web browser. If your web browser gets hijacked, the malicious parties can access those passwords without your permission and, in turn, gain access to your web accounts. Hence, to improve your computer security best practices, don’t store passwords directly into your web browser.
Don’t use the same password for every account. If you use the same password for every account, and that password gets compromised, it’s just a matter of time before all your other web accounts get compromised, including your bank accounts. One way to help your computer security is to use a password manager database, such as KeePass.
Ensure your Wi-Fi is password-protected by using the latest WPA2 Wi-Fi encryption standard. This will keep your neighbors from getting free internet. And it keeps anybody with malicious intent from accessing your home network.
Change all the default passwords on all your home’s networking devices — e.g. access points, routers, etc. Leaving these passwords set to default values will make it a lot easier for anybody to access those devices, which could mean that they could make unknown and unapproved changes that could compromise your network and computer security.