Any computer can be exploited without security that’s why you need to learn the methods to secure your PC. People are indeed using mobile devices a lot compared to PC but it’s still businesses and people prefer PC over mobile. Setting a strong password, using two-factor authentication, making your system up to date, activating the firewall, and using anti-virus are the options to secure your pc.
1. Secure Your PC by setting a Strong password
Even though you can break your computer’s password but it’s still it is the basic security that must be implemented on your computer. Why I am mentioning a strong password because many people are still not using any type of password (Pin, Password, Fingerprint, etc). I am serious, in this era of technology evolving into web 3.0 still, some people are not using any type of password that is ridiculous but it is true. For once just imagine if someone gets hold of your computer think of what will happen to your data.
Some people are not using a strong password. They are using passwords such as their birthdays, their mom’s name, girlfriend’s name, or someone special to them. These are also the password that is commonly shared across social media platforms. That’s why it is always preferred that you have to use passwords that are strong and do not contain your data in them.
A strong password contains letters, numbers, symbols and numbers and letters that are not repeated after each other. For instance, 123!@#abc looks like a strong password but it is not since the numbers, letters, and characters are repeated.
You also need to keep in mind to not use the same password for all your social media accounts online.
2. Secure your computer from hackers using a Two-Factor Authentication
password is the basic security level that must be implemented on your computer. It is basic but it is still a method that protects your computer from everyone else except the cybercriminals. So it means the password is not enough to protect your computer from cyber-attacks.
What is the solution?
In my experience, the solution is to use two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication is a second layer of security that is added aside from the password that you are setting. If I explain it in simple terms, when you log in to your device with your password, another code will be required to log in. This locking code is called two-factor authentication which will be sent through your SIM card on your messages. So. it means after entering your password, you will have to enter that code then you can access your system. It does not mean that it is also 100% secure but it is still better.
There are many password managers application available that support 2-factor authentication. Even the social media accounts that you are using on the daily basis have this setting available. The only thing is you must enable it. The good news with two-factor authentication is that aside from your password you can log into your device using a pin, face scan, fingerprint, and one-time password.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 have another security called windows hello. It is a biometric authentication available within your system. Using windows hello you can use three authentication techniques such as retina scan fingerprint and facial recognition. It can also be used to sign across the password managers such as the Dashlane and keeper.
Note: Every windows computer does not have the windows hello feature because it is biometric security and it has a separate chip for it.
3. Secure laptop from hackers using Activating Firewall
Whenever you are online across the web you are also vulnerable to malware, threats, and cyber-attacks from hackers. The first line of defense which is stopping those attacks is the firewall itself. A firewall protects your computer from the server-level threats that are coming into your system. Although this feature is by default available on your system but there are times when you must disable it for a moment. Do not forget to reactivate it right away.
4. Protect your Computer from virus Attacks
Installing an antivirus is a necessity for any system, especially Windows and Mac. No antivirus is going to protect your system against a new type of malware, threats, and ransomware. They are only protecting your system from known malware and type of viruses available across the web. Still, it is better than not having an antivirus installed in your system.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 have a default built-in antivirus called windows security also known as Windows Defender. And according to security experts, the software has found its place in the top 5 antiviruses. Still, you can use other security applications such as Avast, Kaspersky, Norton, 360 security, Bitdefender, and more.
5. Update the system
There is a misguided concept among users that updating your system does not help protect your computer. To be frankly clear, it is 100% wrong. But overall the purpose of updating your system is to get over all new features and patched the vulnerabilities. As I said earlier that antivirus is only protecting your computer against known viruses, malware, and threats.
So, if someone’s system has been hacked by a new type of virus and malware, once the antivirus company found a solution to that type of virus and malware, they are immediately patching and updating so your system should be protected against that. This way you will not suffer the same way as the first user who was hacked.
6. Avoid these things to Secure Your PC
There are some points that you must remember not to implement ever to protect your system.
- Do not click on the spam emails unless you are 100% sure it is not spam
- Never click on any unknown links in your e-mail.
- Avoid clicking on any attachments and links on your e-mail that look suspicious to you.
- Websites that have HTTP try to avoid it at any cost however if you are desperate to access it please use a VPN.
- You must also check How to Secure your PC without using any antivirus.
Security is one of the most important things which you must take it very seriously to Secure Your PC. Try using VPN, make sure to keep your system up to date, do not click on any unknown links, always make sure that the firewall is activated, and use antivirus and two-factor authentication.