4 More Common Methods For Protecting Your Computer

In the previous post, I outlined 3 easy ways to make sure your computer is safe and protected. While I could probably put together a list of 50 ways you can protect yourself, the 3 in the previous post and the 4 listed in this post are super important and will go a long ways to keep your machine safe and working properly.

  1. Never Click On Links In Emails From Unfamiliar Senders – Even if you find something tempting and really want to see what it is, resist that temptation and simply delete the file(s). You can also block suspicious senders so you never have to deal with them again. Even attachments sent by people you know can be corrupted through no fault of the sender. Scan everything before you open it.
  2. Enable Your FirewallsFirewalls help block bad guys from having access to your devices, but you may need to go into your system’s settings to make sure this form of protection is enabled. Some programs will need your permission to bypass the firewall, but be very careful about what you let through. Also, revoke permission when you no longer use that program and keep track of who’s who and what’s what – it will become confusing if you don’t stay up to date with the info.
  3. Use Protective Settings On Your Browser(s) – Browsers allow you to set privacy and security levels, ranging from minimum to maximum. Set them to their highest levels, then test drive the browser to ensure you can still access what you need. If your favorite sites tell you they don’t work at the higher security and privacy levels, tweak them until you have the end-user experience you’re looking for, without enabling the hackers, malware, viruses and ad junk you don’t want.
  4. Be Very Selective With What You Download – You might think you’re simply downloading a great ebook, but if you’re not careful, it could come with malware. Right click all files after you download and run a security scan on them. Teach everyone in your household to be smart with downloads, too. Children or unsuspecting users may innocently allow a virus in believing it’s just a harmless download.

Don’t ever take chances with the security of your devices. Once a device is compromised, it can be quite difficult to fix it. Identity theft is constantly rising and that’s something you never want to go through.

Unfortunately for most people, Microsoft Windows computers are more susceptible to becoming infected. When this happens, it usually makes the computer unable to perform basic tasks. One such file that tends to become corrupted is the Desktop Windows Manager. This file does exactly what you would think it does – it allows you to manage your desktop and view what is going on. Another name for the file or process is dwm.exe. Because this file is so well-known and important on your system, malicious attackers can target this file and cause a variety of issues for you.

If you do experience troubles with the dwm file, you should do whatever you can to fix it as quickly as possible. Another file many users have mentioned issues with is the msmpeng.exe virus. To mitigate your risk, scan your computer often!

3 Important Ways To Protect Yourself Against Malware And Other Malicious Files Online

Even if you’re not too computer savvy, you are aware of all the malware potential on the Internet that would be more than happy to invade your devices, steal your identity, and wipe your bank account clean. Here are seven important ways to protect yourself:

Download And Install Current Software Patches, Bug Fixes, And System Updates

Although it becomes tiresome to keep up with all the latest fixes for software vulnerabilities, it’s very important that you do so. From the developer’s side, when a method is found into their programs by hackers, they usually inform their customers and provide a remedy. Also, updates to your operating system are sometimes needed for security purposes – don’t ever skip them!

Install Anti-Virus And Anti-Malware On All Your Devices

There are numerous free and trusted programs which will keep your system safe from infection. Most of them have paid upgrades you can opt for, but all of what they offer work hard to keep out malware, viruses, and adware. Find something based on user reviews and professional recommendations, like the ones you see in industry-related articles, and put them on all of your machines.

Use Complicated Passwords And Change Them Often

Unfortunately for you, passwords that challenge hackers are also difficult to remember. Write down your passwords, if necessary, but never use anything easy to figure out. Add numbers and odd characters to your passwords and make sure any site you sign into is HTTPS protected.

Make sure you always have an updated anti-virus program on your computer as well.