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The number of threats that are out there to steal your details, destroy your data or obtain your money is horrifying, but luckily there are also many ways to prevent cyber attacks.

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5 tips to be more secure online

  1. Install Antivirus – Installing an antivirus program on your PC is a really good start to protecting yourself from threats. It will detect malicious software and either uninstall it or prevent it from installing altogether. There’s a huge range of antivirus products out there, from free ones for your home PC to ones suitable for your most critical business servers.
  2. Use Internet Security Software – This is a similar product to antivirus, but its main use is to detect unsafe websites that may be trying to get you to download something suspicious or get you to give away your details to an untrustworthy source.
  3. Install Antispam – Again, another similar product. Antispam is used to block emails that are from an untrustworthy source or are seen as spam, judged by the programs scanners and filters. This will block those emails that you may have received to do with getting rich quickly and the like, where you’re asked to give away your personal details, including bank details and passwords. It will also reduce a large number of chain letters and offers you receive that end up filling your mailbox, you can, of course, tweak the settings but 99% of the time, the spam filter does a great job.
  4. Get the latest updates – I’m sure everyone knows about Windows Updates, they take a long time and you generally don’t notice any difference at all. They are useful though, as they keep your system up to date and regularly patch up any security holes. Once a patch is released, Microsoft document the security hole so it’s publically available, that then means that attackers are able to try and exploit those holes on machines that aren’t fully up to date.
  5. Install a firewall – This is a bit more serious, and would usually be used more in business environments to protect networks. They are used to control the traffic coming in and out, and block packets that are seen as unsafe. Firewalls, like all these security products, can be configured in many ways to allow certain traffic in, so you can allow your own IP’s, domains and specific ports.

Different combinations of these solutions will be good for different uses. Generally, the more you have, the safer you’ll be. If you’d like to discuss your security with us and get some extra guidance on what will work best for you, get in contact.

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