We all know how malware is nasty and how it can harm networks and computers, but day to day users are often unaware of the security threats landscape that populates the web and that can affect their email and smartphones.
Even the most careful user can be outsmarted if he/she is distracted for a moment. Therefore, to defend gainst network breaches Pc Doctor Westchester prefers to educate the user about cybercrime and its tactics.
User training is better than having an army of IT professionals and the education of the user has been always demonstrated to be effective and intelligent pursuit.
This said We prefer to list down some inmportant concepts about security and online defensive awareness:
1) Know Cybercrime and Malware
Malware is generally a malicious code developed by cybercriminals to infect PCs and networks for the purpose of gaining access to networks and extract sensitive data, typically for financial gain. Do not rely only on antivirus or firewall, as these defenses can be easily bypassed.
2) Be Hard to Catch
Do not create dictionary password but use instead passwords with at least 8-10 characters mixed with uncommon sign such as #$%^ etc etc. And do not trust all emails arriving to you. Before clicking on an attachment, make sure to hover the attachment with your mouse first and then try to make a phone call to the sender of the email to see if he really has send that message to your mailbox.
3) Use a Disposable Email
Since Spam is very hard to get rid of, it is recommended to create a disposable email to use for any public activity online and then preserve your personal email to retrieve your financial data. Cybercrimainals use spam to send a lure before spreading their malware.
4) Browse with Care
Chrome and Firefox have better addins than Internet explorer when it is time to offer a more secure browsing experience. Look at the reviews about the browser plugins and then make a smart decision about them.
5) Keep your Computer Up to Date
Having your pc patched and with all the major updates regularly downloaded helps preventing bogus code from infecting your computer. Update your computer regularly no matter if you have Windows, Macs and even Linux systems.
6) Back it Up
There is a bunch of viruses called ransomware, and, as the name implies, they get installed in your system and take your pc as hostage, asking money to have your files back. Back up your files to an external hard drive before that events like a Pc gets blocked by hackers who like to blackmail users.
7) Stay Safe Even in a Mobile Environment
With the rise of mobile devices and their proliferation in the workplace, malware writers have switched tactics to take advantage of these inviting targets. Install antivirus file scanners on your mobile device and download programs only from the main repositories of your phones.
8) Be Social Media Savvy
Be careful when you click on Facebook, Linkedin and other social media websites. Hackers like to trick people with fake websites and direct them to a page where they can finally drop their personal information. See if the website has the https green url and not the simple http protocol.
Our list can continue on and on but we want to let our users know that if you just follow religiously these practices, you are on the road to safety and you should not have problems in your day to day Internet activity. However, this list has also been created with the purpose to announce that in 2015 Pc Doctor will provide security programs for homes and business in Westchester and in New York state as well.