10 Best Internet Safety Tips to Keep Your Computer Secure

Keeping your computer secure is essential to your online internet safety. It minimizes the risks of catching viruses and having spyware installed on your system. Computer security has to take a variety of paths and you should pay attention to all of them to maximize your own safety. With that in mind we’ve put together a list of internet safety tips dedicated to keeping your computer secure. The funny thing is, Internet safety tips are usually easy to implement but are often ignored.

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10. Firewall

One of the best internet safety tips is to use your firewall to stop people entering your computer system from outside your location. It also stops programs accessing the internet from your computer if they shouldn’t be. A firewall is active as standard on most computers but you should regularly check that yours is active to avoid having your system compromised. Also your router should have its own firewall and you can enable this by entering the settings by finding the router IP address and logging in.

9. Passwords

Passwords are vital to all computer safety. You should have your computer access itself protected and you should have separate passwords for every online account you make. A strong passwords needs to be a mix of alpha numeric capitals such as 45Te9R7G7 to make it as hard as possible for anyone to break.

8. Encrypted files

Most people do not make use of this internet safety tip and do not realize that you can encrypt files on your home computer fairly easily. Simply right click the folder and choose properties. Here you can find a variety of protection options. This makes files harder to be read by third parties but for added security store important documents on a USB or other portable storage device that is not accessible from your home network.

How to Encryt a file

1. Go to the where the file is stored.

2. Right click on the file and choose properties from the menu.

3. On the General tab click on Advanced.

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4. Tick the box next to “Encrypt contents to secure data

5. Press OK.

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7. Update browser for internet safety

Over half of all internet users still use out dated browsers to access the internet. These browsers will not have been updated to the latest security threats and are subsequently much easier for hackers to compromise. It is a good idea to update your browser as soon as an update is made available to maximise your protection.

6. Update software

Out dated software is one of the most overlooked security threats to home computers. Much software accesses the internet and if it is doing so in an out dated way it too is easier to compromise. Hackers often created “back doors” into people’s systems that use out dated software so make sure everything you are using is regularly updated.

5. Protecting your internet connection

It is amazing how many people still use no network security despite the ease with which internet security can be set up and instantly help with internet safety. If you are using wireless broadband then you need make sure you have a security key for it. Simply run set up on your router and choose the security options you want to adjust. Choosing a strong password will stop people hijacking your internet and being able to track your internet use.

4. Updating your antivirus software

New viruses are found on an HOURLY basis and virus removal software is updated on average two or three times a week. If you are using antivirus software (which you should be) then you need to update it at least once a week to protect yourself from new threats. I personally use Avast as I cannot risk a virus infection because my computer is used for important business.

3. Virus scans

Along with the above it’s amazing how many people don’t actually scan there computers regularly. If you use the internet regularly then you need to virus scan regularly. We would recommend you run a full scan at least once a week if you use the internet for more than 5 hours a week.

2. Safe browsing

Safe browsing is essential to keeping your computer secure. If you regularly visit dodgy websites, click advertisements and stream content then you are exposing yourself to high risk. If you think a site doesn’t seem quite right then leave and browse elsewhere. Always search through a reputable search engine and be wary of clicking advertisements.

1. Avoiding downloads

The biggest source of viruses and spyware online comes from downloads both legal and illegal. Whenever you are presented with the option to download something you should make sure you scan it for viruses and also check that the website is reputable by researching it through a search engine. With file transfer and sharing sites you should be extremely vigilant and generally should avoid downloading anything that is illegal.

Computer Gym

The best way to keep secure is to treat your computer as if it is a plant!  Attend to it regularly and care for it, clean it (software and hardware/ inside and out), and feed it the best nourishment in secure updates to maintain your hard-drive health.

Install a program to your computer!

A software program will not upgrade your memory but it will clean out all the junk files, detect Malware, delete unused registry keys, Automatic Driver updates, and more. Not taking advantage of the latest updates and security patches can leave your computer vulnerable to attacks. At the moment I am using PC Matic to maintain everything for me. This software is amazing and has won a number of top awards. You can get a free scan for your computer to see how it works before you buy.

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This blog is full of information about how to use the internet safely.  Alternatively consult the Vodafone Parents Guide for resources that you can take, and information on safe ways to protect yourself, and children online.

Do you have any internet safety tips to add?

Comments

  1. says

    I just know one thing that if someone got an updated firewall system, and an anti-virus program in his computer than there is no need to waste time in other activities. Because firewall is an awesome thing that tracks everything access to internet, and can drop several things in seconds.

  2. says

    Keep computer secure is very important. I not only work at office but also work at home with my laptop. Then I have hug of important material in my laptop. Anti-virus is play an important role in protecting my computer. Thank you for your post. It’s very useful.

  3. says

    Very well described ways.
    Anti-virus really plays a very important role in protecting your computer from foreign attacks, and not only you must have an Anti-virus, it must also be be of worth quality :)
    As well for providing safety to your files you must be always using encryptions.
    keep sharing!!!

  4. Rohit says

    the best way to protect yourself from the computer related security issues is to have secure browsing and clearing the caches when on the public computer., because caches contains the password stored and the browsing history.

  5. Vishal Oberoi says

    In my opinion as we know – Internet is full of hackers either we are using Internet on our phone or at PC. Everyone should follow these safety tips for these computer as well as use premium safety software for there mobile phones as well..
    Thank you for this great Post..I really impressed :)

  6. Vishal Cool says

    This article is really worth reading for every computer user. well In my opinion Using a Premium Antivirus software is very Important because free version do not provide security from all wholes.

  7. Thomas says

    I learned a lot of knowledge from this post. Thanks for posting such interesting articles. I liked the encryption of files.. I wasn’t aware of this common feature. Thanks for letting a novice like me know of this. :)

  8. says

    I do pretty much all of the above except for the Encrypted files. I never heard of this method but will look more into it. I also tend to reboot my computer at least once a year too, that cleans everything and you find the computer works much faster also.

  9. says

    Really your article is Superb. All Points are worth using. Well before reading your article I don’t know about “Encrypt contents to secure data” feature and this is very useful for me.

  10. says

    Internet safety by Encrypted files is the new thing for me that I have learned from this post. I will surely try this, else I have installed anti-virus and firewall in my PC. Thanks for these brilliant tips.

  11. says

    You make some excellent points there Mitz but can I add to #9 in which you said,

    “A strong passwords needs to be a mix of alpha numeric capitals such as 45Te9R7G7 to make it as hard as possible for anyone to break.”

    - thats a fair point but still easily broken with a brute force attack. I’d recommend 12 characters minimum and also use symbols as well as numbers and letters in order to make it somewhat stronger.

  12. says

    I heard of encrypting files before. But I thought that’s just some time-consuming task. I don’t know it’s fairly that simple. Thanks for the tip! Trying it now.

  13. says

    This is a good post, it’s nice to see a collection of safety tips brought together like this. We also recommend that users never open email attachments from people they don’t know. Even if you do know the person it’s a good idea to double check before opening an attachment you weren’t expecting.

  14. says

    I’ve recently had problems with spyware and viruses, and Kaspersky Internet Security did its job wonderfully. I’ve been using it for 3 years and I’ll be using it from now on as well.

  15. says

    Best tutorial ever about the Online security. Use Kaspersky Internet security for internet safety or use Symantec antivirus. Also you can use the Noscript mozilla add on to block the malicious scripts.

  16. Celestine says

    It is good to be alerted of the small yet significant stuff,I really grateful for your post.Thanks a lot for sharing this great post..Keep u;p the good work!

  17. says

    You got me there! I don’t do encryption of files. How useful to read about this, sure, will follow the tip. I have to admit I’m one of the lax people in doing internet safety measures. Nice to be alerted of so small yet significant stuff, really grateful for your post.

    • says

      That’s ok Amy..There are many people that do not know that they need to secure their internet along with the computer.. Hopefully you can stop them from getting to your computer in the first place! :)

  18. Julie Hayes says

    I’ve tried before that I went to this website and suddenly lots of viruses was detected my anti virus software so I’m not sure how to avoid that situation again when I’m searching the web.