Keeping your computer secure – part 2

Article by Richard Churchill – First Published October 2009

Last month I discussed what nasties are trying to get your computer, this time I’m covering what you can do to protect yourself.(the previous article is available via the website at the bottom of the page)

So what makes a good security program for your computer? It needs to have a firewall; protection against mal-ware (viruses and spyware), and a good reputation for reliability. Unfortunately the old adage “you get what you pay for” doesn’t fully apply in this case. Some of the most expensive products on the market don’t necessarily compare well with their cheaper competition. All of the security products I have come across will protect your computer so there is no need to worry that you have the ‘wrong’ software, but what should you choose if you are buying or renewing now?

My personal top three are AVG, Kaspersky and Panda security products. They are innovative, don’t bog the computer down, and are competitively priced. In comparison I have found Norton and McAfee are no better in terms of protection, have a greater impact on the performance of the system and have been charging premium prices.

You may have the best security product there is, but if you don’t let it keep up to date it will be useless in a week or so. I sometimes get asked why security software needs to update every day, the answer is simply there are new threats appearing every day. Your security software should update itself automatically but it is important that you check every so often that it has.

Now that you have software protecting your computer what else can you do? Make sure you have all the latest operating systems updates from Microsoft (Windows) or Apple (MacOS). Updates close security holes and fix other problems that have been found, making life much easier for your security software. In Windows this is done using ‘Windows update’ which can be found in ‘tools’ menu of Internet Explorer.

Computer security isn’t difficult, you just have to know what to do. The best advice is if you are in doubt call a professional computer repair engineer (like myself). He or she will have seen every virus and know how to avoid them.

Please read and enjoy the articles, I will be adding an article a month so remember to check back each month for the new edition.

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