Browsing the Internet, downloading files, working on assignments or talking to friends, devices have become an important part of our daily routine. In the past it was only necessary to protect your computer from viruses, however as technology progresses, viruses also keep up the “good” work, infecting PCs, Macs and Android devices as well. Recent Trojan attacks on Mac OS X showed that even Macs aren’t immune to malware. We took into consideration all the dangers that are out there in the wild computer world, and we came up with a list of 5 security tips that will keep all your favorite devices far away from e-threats.
Protect your computer and mobile devices with powerful firewalls!
“Oh, my precious!”… If you don’t want to get scandalized after losing all your data from your Mac or PC, use good firewalls. This measure is a must-have protection and your Android device makes no exception. A secure firewall will do a good job in filtering Internet traffic, and denying access to illegal applications on the web. Besides the built-in firewalls on your devices, you can get playful and make a few tweaks of your own to be better protected.
Be extra-careful when surfing the Web!
If your favorite sport is surfing the Web, you should keep the good security practice manual at hand. The first “commandment” is never to download content from questionable sources. Don’t forget! Not only your “same old” Windows PC is targeted by hackers. Mac and Android systems are also a common source of pleasure for attackers who indulge themselves with their vulnerabilities. The most tempting “download” buttons are the ones that offer software for free and those that include sexual references, free screensavers, cracks or serials. These are also the most susceptible sources of backdoors and malware. Don’t put all your hopes into the antivirus software you’ve installed on your PC, Mac or Android, even if it will scan the downloaded files.
“It couldn’t happen to me” – this is what a lot of people say. Mums and dads, colleagues from work, or our uncles – it’s not a matter of age, sex, high-profile schools or job perspectives – people just don’t see hackers and malware breaking into their computers or mobile devices. But the billions of dollars attackers claim each year don’t fall out of the sky. They come from usual mums and dads, sons and daughters’ computers. Dedicated anti-virus software can put a stop on vulnerabilities. Don’t forget there are unified security solutions that enable households running any combination of PCs, Macs and Android-based Smartphones or Tablets to protect all their devices from an array of e-threats at the same time.
Keep every device updated!
We like to stay cool and keep in touch with the latest fashion releases, the latest cars or devices. But software and security updates are also fashionable. And most important of all they keep us out of the wild malware world. If we install all upgrades as soon as they are available both on our PCs, Macs and Android devices, we are sure to be offered maximum protection against malware, hacking or phishing attempts. We can check for updates either automatically or manually from the companies’ websites. Either way, it’s also important to update the unified antivirus solution. Most software will update by itself, but be sure to check if this option isn’t turned on. This is an important security tip to keep your computer safe.
Keep other users away from e-threats!
If we want to “raise our children” in a secure online environment, we should also think of other people. Be it our friends and family, or complete strangers, we should be extra-careful when sharing and passing on content if there’s the slightest chance it is infested. Some computers including Mac OS X can carry a virus and pass it to other computers even if it’s not infected itself. If you have a professional security solution installed and updated, passing malware to other people won’t be an issue. The other way around is also available. Be careful with every app you install on your Android, and with every CD you put into your computer, even if it comes from your best friend. To protect your computer and mobile devices, avoid using Peer to Peer (p2p) file sharing. These programs let you have access to other computer files on the network, but to their malware as well.