When pawned buy an appliance, we expect to be able to take it home, take a brief glance at the instructions for setting it up, plug it in and go. For most items, this expectation is fulfilled, even, unfortunately, for the home PC. In fact, once you get a couple things plugged into the back of everything you need to do is turn it on and start surfing. When you initially start a Windows PC, there is a short setup routine that asks in the event that you would like to turn on Automatic Updates (recommended), but little else in the way of how to properly secure your PC and the system it’s plugged into.
PC makers should at least provide a brief, animated tutorial or video which explains these five essential Actions to securing a home PC and community:
1. Install a NAT router. Inexpensive, and simple to configure, a router that uses NAT (Network Address Translation) is your first line of defense online. While the Windows firewall is on by default these days, in case your PC is plugged directly in your Internet connection (for instance, your broadband router), you are visible to everybody on the’Net. The router carries this live Internet speech and translates it to a private address that is invisible to anyone on the outside.
2. All routers come pre-assembled using a default password and login. These are well known and lists are posted on the Web. Even though an attacker normally can’t access this from the outside, in the event that you somehow become infected with remote control malware, then an attacker can get to it from your computer. He can alter the settings to ship you virtually anyplace he wants you to proceed. Not good.
3. Install or upgrade a security package . Most PCs nowadays come bundled with anti-virus or a complete security package such as McAfee Internet Security or Norton Internet Security. My favourite is ESET Smart Security; unfortunately, this isn’t one which you’ll see bundled with a brand new PC. Make sure that the software is current and be sure it will update itself automatically.
4. Turn on Automatic Updates. You ought to have done this once you prepare the pc, but if you have not, do it now.
5. Learn about and follow safe computing procedures . All the security apparatus and software in the world will not help you if you click on pop-ups, open each email you get, click on random links, and generally exercise unsafe surfing. Unfortunately, this is one of the main reasons why the criminals continue to be successful. Have some time to learn how to be safe on the’Net by taking advantage of these free resources: