Below are 10 security tips for your PC. Every once in a while I like to post this “refresher” blog just to remind you that there are things you can do to keep your PC safe.
10 Security Tips For Your PC
- Keep your machine clean – Running the most recent versions of your mobile operating system, security software, apps and Web browsers is the best defense against malware, viruses and other online threats.
- Keep tabs on your device – Avoid putting down your devices in public places or in a taxi. The small size and portability make them easy to lose or steal. A brightly colored case or sticker on your device will increase the chances you won’t leave it behind.
- Always protect your personal information – When using a public, unsecured wireless connection, avoid using apps or websites that require you to enter a password. This applies to the wireless networks provided on many airlines, as well as Wi-Fi connections in places like coffee shops, hotels, airports and libraries.
- Careful when connecting…Switch off your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections when not in use to help prevent malicious parties from connecting to your device without your knowledge. If you’re banking or shopping, remember, a 3G or 4G connection is safer than an unsecured Wi-Fi connection.
- Secure your device – Activate key-lock features and/ or use a passcode. If your device allows for a complex password, take advantage of the feature. Most Windows 10 PC’s come with Bitlocker. Use it!!
- Good backups! – Sync your contacts, photos, videos and other mobile device data with another device or cloud service on a weekly basis. Mac’s are very good at this. PC’s may take a little more work. Especially if you are not using a cloud based system.
- Provide your contact info – Do an Internet search for the best way to add your name and an alternative contact number to your lockscreen, in case a Good Samaritan finds your device. (Don’t use highly personal information, such as your home address.)
- Locator Apps – This would be a personal preference but can help in many ways. Many manufacturers have free apps you can download to help you locate your device in the event it gets lost or stolen. These apps often allow you to remotely lock the device or wipe data.
- Think before you app. This is my personal favorite! Only download apps from reputable sources, like verified app stores. Understand what information (i.e., location, social networking profiles, etc.) the app would access and share before you download. Just because it’s on the app store, doesn’t mean it is 100% safe. Do your research.
- Document your serial number – By dialing these five characters – *#06# – you can access your phone’s unique, 15-digit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. Write this number down and store in a secure location, so you can report it if your phone goes missing. This is a very easy thing to do that could pay off in the event your PC is lost or stolen.