Secure PC software is the most important factor in protecting your description mobile device, computer and your data from hackers. Hackers (also called cybercriminals) attack your device or computer for a variety of reasons, including stealing, altering and deleting information you value. In contrast to other thieves, who typically have legitimate uses for the stolen items, hackers have malicious intentions. They are more interested in unauthorized access to your personal information, usually before you know something has gone wrong.
Passwords, a security program and firewalls are the three essential steps to secure your PC software. If you follow these top methods, it’s less likely that your computer will be hacked by malware or hackers (software that encrypts your data and requires payment to unlock its unlocking).
Change the name of your administrator account. Be sure to choose an extremely secure password that includes upper- and lowercase numerals, letters and computer symbols. Avoid using a password like 1234 as hackers could employ automated software to crack passwords that are easy to guess in minutes.
Make sure that your operating system (OS) and other software up-to-date. The majority of software updates include security fixes to protect against hackers. Install all patches and enable automatic updates when they are available to reduce the amount of time when you’re vulnerable to intruders.
If you own a laptop or any other portable device that’s not being used, ensure that your drive is secure. This is especially important for UF students. Windows allows you to enable encryption by clicking Settings > Update & Security > Device encryption. This will make your internal drive as well as most external drives, such as SD cards.