Sean Forster

PC PAL Watford and Stanmore

Hi, my name is Sean Forster and I’m your Local PC PAL Computer Engineer for Stanmore, Watford and surrounding areas. I provide a computer and laptop repair and support service to homes and small offices in the local area. PC PAL comes out to you. At a time that’s convenient to you.
Tips & How-to's 14th May 2015 2520

Computer Security: There Is No Silver Bullet

Having security software installed on your computing device is always a good idea but it is important to remember that having this software installed is no silver bullet. There are still additional things you should be doing to further bolster your security.

Keep your security software updated. Although updates are automatic there is nothing to stop you manually performing virus definition updates. Especially when using the machine for the first time of a day or when using the machine after a long period of downtime. Also keep the operating system software updated and verify that updates are being installed. Keep 3rd party software updated too.

Check the security program is actually running. It's easy to get overlooked. For example, on the taskbar keep the security image visible. If always expected to be seen then possible problems with the software should become apparent through warning symbols or the image not being there.

Use a common-sense approach when on line. Obvious perhaps but don't click on email links or attachments unless certain it is safe to do so. If in doubt contact the sender to verify they sent you the email. Try to avoid installing toolbars and use caution when installing those “free” programs. Download through the official site rather than a random link on a search page. And use the “save” option when downloading.

Where practicable use a different password for every online account and email. And don't make the passwords too easy to guess or difficult to remember.

Treat having a data backup as important as having anti-virus software installed and keep an up to date copy of your data (just in case trouble strikes).

Carry out regular “full” scans on either a schedule, manually or both.

And finally, if you find that your computer seems to be constantly suffering downtime due to virus-based problems then consider changing the security software installed and reassessing how the machine is being used.

Try to take a proactive rather than reactive approach with your computer security.

Sean Forster

Hi, my name is Sean Forster and I’m your Local PC PAL Computer Engineer for Stanmore, Watford and surrounding areas. I provide a computer and laptop repair and support service to homes and small offices in the local area. PC PAL comes out to you. At a time that’s convenient to you.

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