What are the principal measures or tools and techniques used to protect computer security?

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  1. Bill M. says:

    Step 1
    Get Anti-Virus Software. This step is a “no brainer” but sometimes people need to be reminded to install anti-virus software, especially when they have purchased a new computer. Some of the top brands are Bit-Defender Antivirus, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, and Norton Anti-Virus software. You also can download free software to help guard your computer such as Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware, Spybot S&D or Adaware.

    Step 2
    Get the latest software patches and updates. More often than not, your computer will be set up to automatically retrieve the latest security updates and patches, but it pays to be sure. Check with your operating system’s software manufacturer for the latest updates. Check with your various programs manufacturer’s as well.

    Step 3
    Be careful with Wi-Fi when using your computer. When you are on the road, airport, or hotel, be very careful what type of information you access with your wireless connection on your laptop or wireless device. There is the possibility that a hacker has set up a fake Wi-Fi “Hotspot”. They might be right next to a legitimate Hot Spot and put out a stronger signal which your computer will find. You will be able to access the internet and they will be able to see and collect all your data. The best bet is to never access personal information, bank accounts, or financial records in a public area. Better to plug into a direct Ethernet port at your hotel, or access your account information over the phone while away.

    Step 4
    Never file share. There are many free file sharing sites and software applications available for your laptop or computer. This is one of many ways for hackers to get into your computer. When you install this type of software in your computer, you have just installed an open door to anyone to access your hard drive.

    Here’s more info:
    http://www.mcafee.com/us/local_content/misc/digital_threat_eguide.pdf

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