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7 Useful Computer Security Habits you Must Take Up

May 6, 2016
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Here’s a light, crisp refresher on 7 good computer security habits for you all.

#1st Tip
Lock your PC when you are away
This is a no-brainer; yet, most of us may conveniently forget to do so. And we don’t realize its importance until some miscreant gets their hands on our private stuff. So, lock it when you’re not at it!

Come on, let me in... let me in...

Come on, let me in… let me in… (source: giphy)

#2nd Tip
Go offline
We may go without food and water for a few days or weeks, but not even a single day without the Internet! I may be a tad bit dramatic here, but this is true for most folks. Having said all that, there comes a time when we do have to go offline , and when we do that, it is a good habit to disconnect our computer too. It may sound unreal but your chances of being nicked by a hacker are way higher when you are connected to the Internet 24/7.

This is what we do when go offline.

This is what we do when go offline. (source: giphy)

#3rd Tip
Change your passwords
May 5th was observed as the World Password Day and we shared a few tips with our readers. Here, let me share them with you:

  • Create a strong password (use uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters)
  • Keep a unique password for every online account you use
  • Change your passwords regularly, especially for your online banking account
Changing passwords feels good...

Changing passwords feels good… (source: giphy)

#4th Tip
Keep your software up-to-date
Now, there are these things called ‘security vulnerabilities’ – defined as weaknesses/flaws present in the Operating System or any program of your computer, using which a hacker can jinx you to kingdom come. But you can avoid this. How? By applying the latest product and security updates (also known as patches) to your Operating System, Internet Browsers and other programs. These patches work like bandages on security weaknesses, healing them and making them less vulnerable to any exploit. Also, to make sure that your OS is always up-to-date, keep Automatic Updates ON.

I have the PATCHES...

I have the PATCHES… (source: giphy)

#5th Tip
Have an antivirus installed on your computer
While our digital security depends a lot on what steps we follow to maintain it, there are some things that are out of our scope. For instance, visiting a genuine and popular website may install a malware on your computer – something that you would never expect. But, such bad surprises are common. This is where a reliable antivirus software can help you by blocking such compromised websites even before you are able to access them. ‘Proactive protection’ is the word in today’s world of digital security.

Antivirus makes me feel indestructible.

Antivirus makes me feel indestructible. (source: giphy)

#6th Tip
Consider physical security too
In all the hullabaloo of protecting our digital security, let’s not forget that the physical safekeeping of our digital devices is also equally important. Given their compactness, laptops and tablets are more vulnerable to theft. So, be extra cautions against such risks while in public. Power surges can also be a problem, which you can mitigate by following basic safety instructions.

Take that for stealing my laptop!

Take that for stealing my laptop! (source: giphy)

#7th Tip
Back up. Back up. Back up.
This should have been first on my list of computer security habits. Nevertheless, I hope you are reading it anyway. In the wake of the recent upsurge in ransomware attacks, regular data backup is ‘THE’ step that everyone of us ought to take, unless we are not concerned about our computer data. Ransomware, to give you a brief, is a malware that takes an infected computer or its data hostage and demands a ransom from the victim in exchange for the hostages. So, having a backup of all your important data, saves you from being a victim of extortion. You can read more about what is ransomware all about from here.

Back up! Back up! Back up!

Back up! Back up! Back up! (source: giphy)

I hope you find all these computer security habits useful, start practicing them and share them with your friends and peers. Stay safe!

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Rajiv is an IT security news junkie and a computer security blogger at Quick Heal. He is passionate about promoting cybersecurity awareness, content and digital...
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  1. Akonor BotchweyMay 9, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    It is really a precious info.Thanks

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  2. Rajendra SaraviyaMay 11, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    This is good article; sometime you must give information on how to delete cookies, temporary fills and how to clean your cash memory time to time to laymen. Also when one should go for full system scan, custom, boot time and vulnerability scan for Quick Heal user.

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  3. give another security tips to make my pc secyore any damage and any viruses and cloud …

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  4. shuvadeep.majumdar@gmail.comMay 11, 2016 at 10:28 PM

    ok

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  5. Manindra DasMay 12, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    Thanks. Its a great relief!

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  6. husain ali dharamsiMay 12, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    excellent tips and advice.. we should refrain from down loading any thing from unknown web site, even if it benefits.

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  7. uttam singhMay 12, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    NOT UPDATE

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  8. narendra pratap singhMay 12, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    nice suggestions.this makes use for home users and new user who r not expert in computer operation.

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  9. chandrasekaranMay 13, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    very good suggestions

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  10. its really good that u guys keep us updated with all real stuff and thanks for the information!

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  11. chandrajeet kumar guptaMay 13, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    guadian net secure anti virus is avery good work

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  12. Nivedita DeyMay 13, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    This sceurity is good

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  13. Thanks…..

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  14. ramkailash1972@gmail.comMay 15, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    yes

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  15. ggneole@gmail.comMay 15, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    Thanks for the information, it is beneficial to me.

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  16. uttam singhMay 15, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    YES

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  17. GauRanG BhaTiyAMay 16, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    this antivirus helpfull to remove virus.

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  18. rakesh ranjan jhaMay 20, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    thanks

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  19. PUSHPENDERMay 20, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    THIS ANTIVIRAS HELPT TO REMOVE VIRUS

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  20. vikas kumarMay 20, 2016 at 10:41 PM

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  21. GYANENDRA MOHAN SHARMAMay 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

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  22. upendar kumar bagriMay 24, 2016 at 8:40 PM

    not update quickheal antivirus

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  23. AMITAVA BHATTACHARYAJune 1, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    how I know the this antivirus purchased from genuine shopping site or not ?

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  24. DIGAMBAR RAUTJune 4, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Is Offline100% secure?How to go offline with high speed?

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  25. good, thank you for giving suggestions. quick heal total security works superb.. i like it..

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