The absence of desktop security does more damage to you, professionally and personally, than actual damage to the computer hardware. If your desktop becomes infected by a keylogger, the mastermind behind this infection could silently steal all your confidential data, such as credit card numbers and other sensitive financial data. There is also the threat of viruses, spyware and malicious software, to name a few, which are just a single click away from unmitigated disaster. Here are some steps by which you can secure your desktop:
Antivirus Software: There are many vendors selling their version of antivirus software, accompanied usually by their version of a firewall, anti-spyware, and anti-adware. It is always recommended that you buy antivirus software only from reputed vendors. The antivirus software you choose could very well be critical to the success or failure of your desktop or laptop. But remember, using an antivirus is only one-third of the job done.
Third Party Scanners: Think of third party scanners as a cop inspecting your neighbourhood for undesirable elements. Normally, plenty of processes run in your computer’s background, some normal and some not so normal. Scanners check the process list for suspicious programmes and remove them. In addition, you should perform the following activities:
- Check your startup configurations — this list includes anything additional that starts up when Windows boots. Click Start, Run and type ‘msconfig’. Click on the tab titled Startup. Do the same thing here and look up names, or catch a clue from the “path” it is using.
- Periodically go through your Add/Remove Programmes list in the Control Panel. See if any programmes have been installed without your knowledge.
Data Protection: This is a very important part of security. Even if someone hacks into your network or PC, you can minimise your exposure by ensuring that the data they access is useless. There is really no other way to accomplish this other than to use third party encryption programmes, the most accepted being PGP.
So, now your computer is protected to a certain level. Stay tuned to our next article for tips on how to avoid data being stolen from your computer. Online security is crucial and QNet is here to help you achieve it.