Browsing the internet can be a dangerous place if you don’t take precaution. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the potential dangers lurking out there and how they can be avoided. This article attempts to provide some tips to make your PC a safer place when browsing the world wide web.
Your Internet Browser
You can safe guard yourself from a lot of hazards by just using a more secure internet browser. The most commonly used browser is Internet Explorer – in fact, there is a high chance that you’re probably using Internet Explorer right now (and an old outdated version as well).
Instead, we suggest that you use a browser like Google Chrome. In our opinion it’s faster, lighter and more secure to use compared to browsers like Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Opera. In fact, these three articles all promote the theory that Google Chrome is indeed safer to use compared to other internet browsers.
There is no such thing as a 100% perfectly safe browser, however Google Chrome takes some pretty big strides to ensuring that it’s doing it’s best to create a secure and safe internet browser.
There are many websites out there waiting for you to just visit so it can load your PC with bits of nasty spyware and malware.
If you’re not running an Antivirus, you’re essentially a walking target. While many good antivirus programs can be quite costly, Microsoft provide a really decent free antivirus solution called Microsoft Security Essentials 4. For the price of nothing, it really does the job well.
Sometimes an Antivirus alone won’t do the job – spyware can still penetrate your system’s defenses and wreak all kinds of unexpected havoc. That is why we recommend installing Spybot Search & Destroy 2. It has been around for a few years and it works really well at keeping spyware and malware away. Install it, ensure it’s updated regularly and schedule a scan at least once a week. All those nasty bits of code that collect on your PC will be dealt with swiftly and effectively.
Keep It Updated
This not only goes for your antivirus, web browser and spyware applications, but your operating system should always be kept up to date. Keeping Windows updated is crucial in keeping viruses, spyware, hackers and other unexpected things away from your system.
Microsoft constantly releases security updates for Windows Vista / 7 / 8 and keeping your system updated is highly recommended when it comes to surfing the internet safely.
Turn On That Firewall!
The default Windows firewall is pretty basic, but it does a decent job at keeping unwanted guests off your system.
Ensure that it’s not only turned on, but updated via Windows Updates in your Control Panel.
For a higher price, you can pay for a “more” secure Firewall, but be warned that it can with an overwhelming amount of options that can leave you feeling frustrated. For the price of nothing, the Windows default Firewall does a pretty decent job at providing an extra layer of security.
Use Your Intuition
Using the internet intelligently to avoid lurking dangers requires a bit of intuition. Like real life, the best way to not get a virus is avoidance.
If you see an advert alerting you that you’ve won $10, 000 or a free iPad or iPhone, avoid clicking on it. Like the old saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it normally always is – this applies to the internet too. In our experience, it’s a good idea to not click on these types of adverts or banners. Often that not, there is a nasty surprise waiting for you on the other side.
Downloading files from questionable websites is not a good idea, unless you are aware of the lurking dangers that could potentially harm your PC. At the end of the day, your awareness whilst surfing the web should be the first and foremost layer of keeping your PC secure.
Block Those Pesky Adverts!
For an extra layer of security, we suggest you install an ad blocking plug-in for your web browser. Not only can this slightly boost your browsing speeds, but any ads loaded with spyware are immediately disabled before they even get time to load.
That’s it for this article. If you have any queries, hit us up in the comments below. Also, tell us some of your favourite free security apps for safer internet browsing.