4 tricks that can boost your computer's security

Computer security may seem complicated, but there are a few simple tricks anyone can do to keep themselves a little safer. Here are some ways to bolster your computer's security.

4 tricks that can boost your computer's security

1. Remember that nothing is free on the Internet

  • Pop-up ads that claim anything for free are likely going to make you pay.
  • It may not be in actual money, though. They often infect your computer with spyware.
  • When spyware builds up on your computer, every time you start it up, you have a line of people at your Internet door waiting to collect information about you.
  • Plus, spyware slows down your computer tremendously.

2. Read that license agreement

Most people click without reading the end-user license agreement (EULA) accompanying it, which is like signing a contract without reading it. Read the EULA.

3. Arm your PC with security programs

  • If you're going to have a computer that is hooked up to the Internet, you should have reputable security programs installed on your computer.
  • Spend the extra 25 bucks to get a quality security package.
  • Many security program companies sell bundles that include an antivirus program, a firewall to stop hackers, a spyware blocker and an e-mail checker. You need all of these.

4. Secure your wireless network

Wireless networks are all designed to work right out of the box. But if you can surf, so can anybody else. Here's how to set up a more secure network:

  • Find the instructions for your wireless network. Typically, they'll ask you to open your Internet browser and type in a series of numbers.
  • This takes you not to a website but to your router settings.
  • Click on the "Wireless" tab, and then click on "Security."
  • Follow the instructions for creating a password, sometimes called a WEP (wired equivalent privacy) key.
  • Choose a password and voilà, your network is more safe.

Computer and internet security is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. But with the right knowledge and just a little extra effort, you can keep your computer and networks safer for you and your family.

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