Nowadays more and more people are using their computers for all kinds of communication, Internet, Social Networks, Banking, Shopping, Chatting and live video and phone calls. But the more we do, the more risk becomes from hackers, and attackers.
Whilst some of these are simply trying to inconvenience you by maliciously infecting your PC, others are trying to get your personal information and to access your bank accounts. These are doing what is called ‘phishing’.
So what can you do to minimise the risk?
Install a complete Internet Online Security Package, one that contains a firewall, anti-virus, anti-fishing, anti-spam and ID protection, such as McAfee Internet Security Suite. It’s a good idea to get one that also checks web pages as you go them for suspicious activity. Make sure you have automatic updates switched on to keep the virus patterns etc. Up to date.
Always make backups of your important files, pictures and documents on DVD or external hard drive, and store it safely away from your PC.
Make sure you are running genuine Windows Software (If this is your OS), and switch on automatic updates to keep your PC up to date with the latest security patches.
Check your Browser’s settings, and select the maximum level of security.
Do NOT open email attachments without checking them for viruses, and if they are not from someone you trust, delete them!
Do NOT follow any links in emails asking you to reset, reconfirm or update you bank account details. Banks do not send this kind of email, so it is surely phishing, delete them!
Create a Boot and recovery disk for your PC, in case it becomes infected viruses and will no longer start up, some Security Software will create this for you automatically.
Turn off your computer and/or disconnect from your network, when it is not in use.