5 Security Tips to Prepare yourself for 2018

This passing year has shown us some of the worst cyber-attacks in history. If your PC survived 2017 without a glitch, then you either ...


This passing year has shown us some of the worst cyber-attacks in history. If your PC survived 2017 without a glitch, then you either have a perfect protection system installed, or you just don’t use it that much.

With the current sloping rise in cyber-crime, the year 2018 is promising some more attacks which may leave millions of PCs unable to function. Some people may say ‘bring it on,’ but what if the next attacks fry your motherboard instead of the OS?

What if in some twisted way, you will involuntarily be in a reality show that is secretly being filmed through your webcams? It may sound cool at first, but wait until you want to do something private…

This is why you need to be prepared for upcoming security threats. Among the many things that you can do, here are the top 5 that you need to implement:

Ensuring that you have Anti-malware program installed

There is a free malware removal tool that you can install on your computer to prevent infection. Anti-malware programs can detect any malware before you run them. 

This means that if you mistakenly download a virus, it is going to be quarantined or deleted before you destroy your machine.

Most damages are done with worms and Trojans. Luckily most of them are detected in a split second with the malware removers. If you are on Windows 10, an updated version of Windows Defender is available. However, substituting it with dedicated anti-malware software like MalwareFox should ensure extra security.

Regularly updating virus definitions

Once you have your malware removal tool setup, you will need to keep it updated regularly. There are so many types of viruses being created, and collective info about them is uploaded to the developers’ databases. 

You will need to make regular updates to avoid missing a virus definition that may be a potential threat. It will be pointless to have an anti-malware that cannot detect malware that is staring it right at its algorithm.

If you are on broadband and you can’t afford to buy costly data occasionally just to update your machine, you can lower the checkup frequency to weekly intervals. That’s mostly the period of updates, and hence you will not be wasting data on other non-essential Windows updates.

Leaving password protected sharing on

Anything that has been shared on your computer to ‘everyone’ can be accessed by anyone on the same network. You can also access the ‘public’ folder from any PC on the same network after it has been enabled.

This is an easy way to inject a malware into a PC since you have been given the privileges of file access to a stranger. Once a malware is in your public folder, there is no telling when the machine will detect it. Sometimes, it takes a long time to be detected because of new versions of malware that aren’t yet in the definitions databases.

Archiving files to ISO format

Most viruses/ malware attack your files and corrupt them. There is, however, one of a few file systems that survive the viral attacks; the ISO format.

An ISO file is an archive of files that can be burnt directly to a DVD or CD and expose the contents of the DVD without them being influenced by the writer or OS. In other words, contents inside an ISO archive can be saved into a DVD without being altered or replaced by anything.

It is, therefore, a closed archive: nothing comes in, nothing goes out. This makes it perfect for archiving very important files and software. If a virus hit’s your machine, the ISO archives will stand strong. 

You can use software like PowerISO to create the ISO archives flawlessly.

Backing up data on cloud

For some top secret, CIA classified documents… or photos you don’t want anyone to see, it is advisable to save them on the cloud after archiving them. 

For this type of backup, the best suggestion is to archive them in a .rar file that has been encrypted with a password. This is because some people may still get access to your cloud drive. In case that happens, someone will be spending a fortnight brute forcing the password out of the archive.

The problem with this option is that uploading large files is inconvenient and costly. You should only upload small files like documents and let the anti-malware software handle the big guns.

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