Are you tired of that annoying message about your Anti-Virus? Are you curious about hackers and how to prevent them from getting into your computer? If so then you’ve come to the right place.
This process works for all Windows Operating Systems but we’re going to be focusing on Windows 10 today since it’s the latest and most updated OS.
1 – Trashing Unwanted Programs
One of the main things the average person forgets to do is remove forgotten or unwanted programs and it’s a VERY big deal. This is a big deal because not only do these programs take away your space but they also pose a threat to your security because they’re not being updated. Outdated software is one of the easiest targets for hackers that want to compromise your computer.
In order to remove unwanted programs you’re going to work your way to the control panel. Control Panel can be opened by right clicking the start button and selecting control panel. If you’re trying to get there from your settings then all you have to do is type control panel in the search bar. Pretty simple right? Once you’re at Control Panel, you’re going to click on “Uninstall a program” under “Programs”.
If you followed my instructions then in front of you should be a list of programs you have on your computer. Start by clicking on a program or software you don’t use anymore and you should have the option to “Uninstall” it. Go ahead and do this with all the programs you downloaded but don’t use or update anymore. This will help you prevent hackers from getting into your outdated programs as well as save space on your computer.
2 – Anti-Virus and Windows Security
While uninstalling unwanted and outdated programs play a big part in securing your computer, there’s still two more important steps required to fully secure your computer. 9 times out of 10 a store bought or factory reset computer comes with a pre-installed anti-virus that helps defend and protect your computer from malicious files and people.
Lets work on making sure we have a clean anti-virus and the right settings enabled to prevent viruses and other things from infecting your computer.
First things first, let’s make sure a few settings are enabled/disabled by going to your settings and clicking on “Privacy”. Once there, you want you make sure “SmartScreen Filter” is enabled and can scan URL’s. You’ll also want to check your privacy settings for your Microphone, Location, Camera, Contacts, Calendar and anything else you might want to take a look at. Checking these settings prevents certain applications and programs from having access to your camera, microphone and other information that could be used to hurt you or invade your privacy.
Now that we’ve tweaked some of our settings to give us more privacy and security let’s work on getting a fresh working anti-virus for your computer. We need this because it will detect harmful files, emails, links and activities that you might not notice right away. Most computers come with Norton, McAfee or AVG anti-viruses, but today we’re going to get a new one. There are ton’s of Anti-Viruses made to protect you, ones like Kaspersky, Avast, McAfee, AVG, Windows Defender and many more. All you have to do is go to your search engine of choice ( Mine is Bing.com ) and type in which anti-virus program you want to download. Don’t worry, you can always compare anti-viruses to see which is better, but once you’ve done that you want to go to the official site that provides the software and download the trial version of the software.
Now that you’ve downloaded the trial version of your favorite anti-virus you’re going to have to repeat the first step and uninstall your previous anti-virus. You’re uninstalling your old one so your new one won’t have any issues with the last one. After uninstalling the old one you’re going to install the new one and restart your computer. This should provide you with a brand new anti-virus that will protect, scan and keep your computer safe to an extent.
3 – Practicing Safe Computer Habits
Believe it or not having an anti-virus, tweaked settings and secure programs isn’t all you need to safe while browsing the internet or working on your computer. The biggest security risk to your computer and personal information is you, the user!
In order to completely be secure you have to practice safe computer habits. Computer habits are just like real life habits and are things that we do because we’re so used to doing them. Things like checking emails without looking at who they’re from, downloading programs and files without checking to see if they are legitimate and safe, visiting websites or using online services from fraudulent companies that are out to get you. In order to stay as secure as possible you’ll have to pay more attention to emails that may contain harmful files, ignore ads that persuade you, download programs from trusted sources and make sure the websites you visit are safe, clean and have good ratings. While these are only a few ways to stay secure on the internet, the job is ultimately up to you, so please practice safe computer habits and thanks for reading!