Today is National Computer Security Day, so let’s stop for a second to talk about what computer security is and why it’s so important to practice regularly.
What It Is
Computer Security is the process of protecting your device from theft, malware and malicious intent. Luckily, many of the programs and applications we interact with already come with many built-in security features. That being said, it is still important to run security checks on your own, especially since computer hackers and viruses are getting smarter and more sophisticated by the day.
What You Can Do
In order to protect your device against attacks, you need to be updating all your applications regularly. Furthermore, you should also consider adding antivirus software to your computer if you haven’t already. There are several free programs out there, though it may be beneficial to invest in one as many paid versions often offer more features than those that are free.
Don’t Forget to Check Your Phones
Computers aren’t the only type of technology that can encounter security threats. Smartphones and other mobile devices are also susceptible. Therefore, it is imperative to use discretion when downloading new apps, visiting unfamiliar sites and/or logging into public networks. Even those that seem safe can be dangerous. And if you aren’t careful, your phone could get crawled for personal information, or you could end up accidentally downloading malware to your device.
Be Smart On Social Media
Another thing to keep a careful eye on regarding computer security is your social media accounts. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are all popular platforms for hackers to target their victims. To avoid such encounters, make sure you are using a lengthy password with a good mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Doing so will make it harder for others to get into your account, ultimately keeping your information and image safe.
If you have headed to all of the above and advice and would still like to learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your device, check out the following article. Our experts are also always happy to answer any questions you may have about computer security. To talk to someone on our team today, call (309) 228-9640 or stop by our office at 7620 N University St STE 110, Peoria, IL 61614. We are open from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday and are closed Saturday and Sunday.