Not having a security system for your computer in place can cause your hard drive to be erased, your computer’s performance to be slowed, or can even cause your computer to become completely disabled.
Types of Security Systems for Your Computer
· Physical devices. Physical devices, such as steel cables, locks, and even a home security alarm system, are used to prevent theft of your computer.
· Surveillance system. Having a surveillance system in place allows greater security of not only your computer, but also of your home and/or business.
· Spyware. Spyware finds malware (malicious software) already on a computer and makes you aware of it.
· Firewalls. Firewalls make it hard for hackers to get into your system. It’s basically a wall between the Internet and your computer. It looks for threats and gives you a sense of anonymity, making it hard to catch a virus or be the victim of a hacker.
What Should You Protect Yourself From?
You can never be too safe or too guarded, especially when it comes to your computer and your privacy. Here’s a list of what you’ll be protected from by having a security system for your computer:
· Hackers. Hackers are also known as computer criminals. They gain access to your computer via the Internet and attack. They attack in two ways – by stealing your personal information or creating malicious software that harms your computer.
· Viruses, Trojan horses and worms. These are created by hackers and used to harm your computer. Viruses and worms are able to spread from one computer to the next, slowly harming one hard drive at a time. Trojan horses are harder to detect since they hide in legit programs, such as a screensaver.
· Big Brother surveillance. This is also known as government surveillance, where the government can see every move you make online. The government has been monitoring social media – including blogs and message boards – for nearly two years. Though this probably isn’t a surprise, you should still protect yourself from being watched.
Tips to Help Prevent Hackers and Viruses
In addition to having security software on your computer, there are certain things you can do to help prevent hackers from attacking and viruses from invading. Never open an email attachment from someone you don’t know, only give personal information to trusted websites, don’t click links in emails from people you don’t know, never install an add-on from a site you don’t trust, clear your computer’s cookies often, and use solid passwords that you change often. These tips, coupled with a security system, will help guarantee your computer stays safe and your privacy remains private.
Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer covering a wide variety of topics from personal finance to food and health.