Often, individuals who are not high profile don’t feel it is particularly necessary to invest in a high level of data security because they don’t feel they have anything to protect. Ironically, that makes them perfect targets. If you so much as have a reasonable credit score or simply the ability to open accounts or make purchases based on your credit score, you have something to protect. If you own a computer, you have something valuable to protect against viruses.
Here are 4 ways to protect your data and your electronics from hackers and viruses:
1. Secure your wireless network.
Change the name on your router and the pre-generated password. First, you don’t want people to know what your network is so change the name to something that has nothing to do with you. For example, don’t name your network “Smith Home” if your last name is Smith. Secondly, hackers know the default passwords on a number of different types and brands of routers, so if you don’t change yours, hacking into your network is a breeze. Use a network firewall and WPA2 access. A firewall will block intruders from your individual machine and WPA2 offers the strongest level of protection available for most commercial routers.
2. Install anti-virus software from a reputable provider.
There is no limit to the number of sources through which a virus can be introduced into your system. Some individuals do this just for a sick thrill, some for revenge, and some will choose to hold your computer hostage until you pay a fee to have it unlocked. Anti-virus software will protect you from a wide variety of virus sources.
3. Turn on auto-update.
Internet providers and software developers react quickly when new threats occur to release updates to protect against them. This doesn’t do you any good, however, if you don’t get the updates installed quickly.
4. Back up all of your data regularly.
One of the best ways to deal with a virus is to wipe your hard drive (or SSD) and reinstall everything. But don’t wait to backup your data after you have a virus. You are just backing up your virus along with all your important information. There are a number of options available that will backup your devices wirelessly and store several days or weeks worth of backups for you. You can “set it and forget it” and if you need to wipe your drive and reinstall, you can retrieve a backup that was made before you got a virus.
Originally published on Emmanuel Ventouris’ website.