Just about everyone has at least one Internet-capable device. Many people have several, including a laptop, tablet and smartphone. Every time a device is connected to the Internet, there is a risk it could be infected by a virus or a victim of a hacker. It’s essential for everyone that gets online, either for business or pleasure, to protect themselves from these attacks. A virus isn’t just an inconvenience. It could result in valuable data being lost or stolen.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to protect data from hackers. The easiest is to encrypt the files. Encrypted files are virtually useless to anyone who isn’t authorized to view them. While all businesses should use these tools, individuals can benefit from encryption as well. Those who have files on their computer with personal information, banking account numbers or any other private data should utilize the encryption tools included with their operating system.
Another thing everyone can do to protect their private files is to regularly back up their device. If the device is ever compromised or infected with ransomware, a person who did regular backups won’t have to worry about losing their data. Although the most recent changes might not be saved, having a backup will ensure the device owner won’t have to pay the ransom or even pay a professional to restore their system.
Everyone should keep their devices clean. Computers and smartphones store browsing data. Most of the time, the files are harmless. However, in the wrong hands, they could spell disaster. By clearing browser data periodically and using a tool that will clear all temporary files from the computer, hackers will not be able to access it and the owner of the device won’t have to worry about their history being used against them.
Just about everyone is at risk of getting a computer virus. Using public Wi-Fi makes it easier for attackers to get into another person’s device and steal their data. The best hackers can do this quickly without a person even knowing it’s happening until it’s too late. Anyone who connects to the Internet on a public network could be attacked. Avoiding these networks is essential for Internet safety.