Nowadays there are a lot of technology evolving around us, and because of this you must learn how to protect your computer internally and externally. Like us humans, computers are virtually complex systems that could either deteriorate or get optimized through time. Protecting your computer is not really rocket science and could be done by simply avoiding some things and abiding by some things as well.
For protecting your software, always install an antivirus program. Keeping it up to date can help protect your computer against harmful viruses. Like the human body, computers should also be safe from foreign bodies trying to interfere with its operations. Having an antivirus program is allowing your computer to scan for viruses that are trying to get into your operating system, files or email. You can try searching the web for free and updated antivirus programs.
Since software viruses are virtually anywhere in the world wide web, please avoid opening
messages and emails from unknown senders. These unknown messages could include links or attachments that have viruses or spam in them. It is better to be protected, so stop clicking on those emails and links.
Always use a firewall program. This could help alert your system to suspicious activity or if a virus is trying to connect to your computer. A firewall could also help in blocking viruses, and even hackers from trying to upload very harmful programs to your computer.
This is weird but cleaning your cache and your browsing history could actually help keep your personal settings and info protected. This practice is very applicable if you are fond of logging in into public computers or in internet cafes. Better safe than sorry.
Always update your computer and you might as well uninstall programs that you are no longer using. Doing this may increase the performance of your drive and your computer as a whole. It will have a "lighter" feel to it. Don't trust on the large memory of your computer, you should still uninstall things that are not really important.
Have a data back up every once in a while. Purchase an external hard drive with a large capacity so you can do data backup every time. This may be a waste of time for others but trust me, you will need your files backed up when your computer starts acting up or is in need of a reformat.
A lot of your personal online accounts use passwords so better use complex passwords and change it every three months. Never use the same passwords for two accounts. List your passwords on a small notebook or in an organizer and keep it safe somewhere like in the bottom part of your drawer.
Your computer could not work well when its hardware is compromised. Make sure that you vacuum the dust surrounding it and wipe the monitor screen with a microfiber towel. Also make sure that the cables are not tangled with each other. You could purchase cable ties at a nearby hardware store and use it to keep your computer cables neat. You could also buy cable labels so you won’t have to get confused every time your are plugging in the cables. The best reminder regarding hardware is to never put anything on top of your computer, most especially on the keyboard or on the monitor. Take good care of your computer because your computer does not complain when you overuse it at times.