If your computer security is low, your guard is down, be careful, you risk real life problems, check this out!
Imagine a hacker or virus downloading daily illegal images or videos onto your hard drive, a network of evil people then use your folders to download and share awful files, you get accused, but i is too late, you have already lost your family and friends. You will need to go through a court, prove your innocence and still, some will always believe you did something bad even if you didn't. This kind of situation happens all the time.
You have made a substantial amount of economy over the years to find out that someone has been stealing on and off money out of your bank account.
You have spent years creating a circle of friends, you moved abroad and added all your friends to your Facebook account. One day you find out you cannot log in and someone is sending insults to all your contacts causing havoc in your real life, as he/she may expose your private chats. Trying to contact all your friends one by one is a nightmare as you may not have their emails or phone numbers....you life gets hurt badly.
As you can see in these 3 scenarios, getting hacked is not a joke, and, can eventually destroy your life. I know it is hard to imagine that from a virtual world, your real life can get a hit, but this is the way things are, unfortunately.
In order to prevent your computer from being infected, important steps and daily routines are needed.
1 - If you are using Windows 10, make sure you have a premium version of the operating system. Never use copies of Windows 10! You have to use the right tools for your hardware, do not take any shortcuts.
Make sure you have applied all your Windows updates, you can check your windows updates by typing "updates" in the search bar(bottom left of your screen).
On the next page click on "Check for updates". Updates are pieces of codes patching security holes and problems expert coders have found. If you do not apply the changes, you are simply leaving holes in your security shield, and this is pointless.
2 - Enable your windows 10 firewall and antivirus. They provide basic but good protection, always have them running on your machine.
3 - Download and use a powerful anti-malware software like this one:
Malware, Trojan, Viruses all have different purposes, but they are all meant to steal data or break things up.
4 - Never buy anything from a website that does not have https:// in the browser bar. If you add your bank details to a non-https:// website, all your data will pass unencrypted in the page form...you know the rest, a hacker can then steal everything.
5 - Never use the same password twice on 2 websites, why?
When you enter data on a website, your password is added in the form field like this:
Your password is "encrypted" and stored in a database, but here is the problem, you never know what type of encryption the website programmer has used and many still use a very insecure MD5 encryption which can be easily reversible.
The web programmer or hacker can copy your encrypted password and reverse it which means that if you use the same password on a different website, they will be able to log in anywhere they like.
What is the solution for weak passwords?
Make things a lot harder to reverse or trace by saving your passwords into a software that is itself encrypted using super secure encryption(CIA level). I am not saying it is not crackable, but at least non-governmental agencies will really struggle to guess your passwords.
Here is a freeware we recommend, it is called KeePass, we will soon make a video about this super useful utility. All you have to do is create a secure master password and store all your other passwords in it. Use a different password each time you register to a website on the internet.
6 - Do not open emails from people you do not know!
Opening emails from people you don't know is risky! Sometimes hackers add a code to a file in the hope you open it, by doing so, you become infected, your firewall becomes controlled and the malicious code can freely communicate to the outside world.
7 - Do not log on computers you do not own, did you ever log to your FaceBook from an hotel computer or friend's house? Well, this is the worse mistake you can do! You have no idea how badly protected public or private computers really are.
8 - Use a good router between your computer and the internet, most of them will have a built in firewall and other types of secure configurations, it adds another layer of protection. Do not connect directly to the internet without one.
9 - Do not download a software before reading good reviews about them first, there are hackers who try to make their products genuine when in fact are completely infected with viruses and trojans.
10 - How to choose good passwords? A good method for you to create a long and secure password is by choosing 2 towns(or 2 names) of your likings, add a capital letter to the first one, then a capital letter to the last one, add a year, finally add a special character at the end of your password. Here is an example:
This super simple password trick will help you create more secure passwords for the rest of your life!