How to Prevent a Computer From Being Hacked

by Contributor

Today more and more people are using their computer for everything from education to online bank accounts. It would be great if there were no risk online, but there are. You should take steps to prevent hackers from accessing your personal details on your computer.

1

Always make backups of your files and folders and store them in a separate place than your computer.

2

Make sure you have a good firewall. This will prevent worms, Trojan viruses and spyware from infecting your system. Some applications require that you disable your firewall, so use good judgment.

3

Review your browser and email setting for security. Make sure to constantly erase your "Cookies" folder. Cookies pose almost no threat for damaging computers. Nevertheless, they do track your daily actions online. Set your "Internet Zone" for high and your "Trusted Sites" for at least medium-low security.

4

Disable unnecessary ActiveX and JavaScript file content. Hackers often use ActiveX and JavaScript to plant viruses and other harmful elements in your programs.

5

Install an antivirus application and make sure to set it for automatic updates. New viruses are found everyday, so make sure you update regularly.

6

Don't open unknown email attachments. Many of these contain viruses and allow hackers to access your system.

7

Only run and download programs from places you trust. Never send files from unknown sources to friends and coworkers due to the high virus risks.

8

Turn off your computer and disconnect from the Internet. Hackers can't get into your system if your computer is off.

Warning

  • close Don't perform credit card or bank transactions over a public wireless hot spot.

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