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Computer and data security are spoken about quite often because of their relative importance; it’s a conversation that can never go stale. In this article, I have outlined several security tips and habits that all computer users should be familiar with. You can look at it as a checklist of things that you should be up-to-speed on, to ensure the smooth functioning of your system.

Pay Attention to Policies

You should always be aware of the rules and policies regarding the usage of any public system. Usually, you can find it posted on a wall, viewable at a desktop or at the help desk. It should provide you with specifics on your access rights, and the kind of usage that is deemed suitable.

Regularly Back Up Your Computer

If your computer isn’t being regularly backed up, then all the data that you create on it is not secure. It’s not as difficult to do as you think which is why there is no excuse for you not to do it. There are many tools that you can use that make the whole process very easy, there are the built-in Windows tools, which I recommend you do some research on.

Install Internet Security Software

Malicious files are always a threat to your system. It’s recommended that you have at least one antivirus tool running on your computer, as well as one on-demand antimalware tool, such as extensively SpyHunter or Malwarebytes, which are capable of detecting and removing those hard to find Trojan horses, etc.

Use a Password Manager

When you use a series of strong passwords, it can be quite difficult for you to remember them all; this is where password managers come into the picture. All you need to remember is the one password to access the management program and all the other passwords will become available to you, stored on an encrypted database.

Don’t Download Pirated Content

When you choose to download software from unfamiliar sources, it can be very dangerous for your system; this is because such software has not been verified to ensure that it hasn’t been tampered with, as hackers like to inject malicious files into these programs. Clicking on links that seem suspicious is another way for you to fall prey to phishing scams, or expose your system to a virus attack.

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