When one has to plug in their computer into a larger system, for instance at work or school, There always a little insecurity to do it, because of increasing ethical hackers in Australia and everywhere else.. Here are some suggestions one can follow to make sure their computers are adequately protected from potential threats.
Do not rely on simply being careful or trusting the results of penetration testing on the larger system. One of the most foolproof ways to ensure one’s computer is adequately protected is to buy and install security software. There is the general antivirus software and the specific security software that deal with spyware, bots and various other security threats. Installing them is just the first step; make sure they are regularly updated. There is software that can help identify part of date software and notify the computer owner to update them.
Security testing is important, but the daily habits of the computer users can still put the system at risk even after it has been passed healthy. It is recommended that computer owners practice the principle of least privilege. This means always logging into the computer with the account that gives the user the least privilege. Avoid logging into the computer with an administrator account as this exposes the computer to many threats. Visiting the web with these accounts can result in the hard disk being reformatted, files deleted or another account created that has administrator access to the computer.
Here are other recommendations to avoid unnecessary threats to computer security. Make sure not to share any passwords or related phrases. When choosing passwords, make sure they are as strong as possible. Do not share them with friends or family. Make sure they are unpredictable, and try to use different passwords on different websites.
Another possible security threat comes from random links. If one comes across any link that they cannot verify, they must not click on it. Many viruses are spread through instant messaging sites or email. It is recommended to think before acting with regards to links. If the validity is in question, make sure to get more information from the sender.
Another common source of threats is email or message attachments. If one receives an attachment they were not expecting, or an attachment from a sender they do not know, the advisable line of action should be to delete it without opening it. If it has to be downloaded, save it on the computer, then scan it with the antivirus. There are different cloud data integration platform which has their own threats.
Software downloads from the internet are another source of threats. This is especially when one has to download unknown software. In most of the sites that provide downloads, one often has to change security settings to be able to download software. When it comes to public domain software, make sure that the sources are reputable. After downloading them, use reputable detection software to scan the file for signs of infection. Also important is to make sure that before any downloads and installation, there are no copyright laws being infringed. Using software without permission is illegal and punishable by law.