Ok great, you bought a new lappy at the lowest price and spread this viral news to every friend you ever knew. But what will happen after a few months? I will tell you. You will be cursing your laptop every now and then because of low speed and “virus alert” pop-ups after every minute.
So, how can you save your lappy and increase its lifespan?
Someone wisely quoted “It’s the little things that matter the most”, hence we have just nine things that we want you to know. These will make a huge difference.
1. Having a strong password actually can prevent most virus attacks.
Facebook’s Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos believes that the biggest problem is that the media focuses on stories about the most complicated hacks and makes users feel helpless. But it’s actually not true, our safety is in our hands. Users can protect themselves against the most likely threats by taking two simple steps:
1) Installing a password manager and using it to create unique passwords for every service they use.
2) Activating second-factor authentication options (usually via text messages) on their email and social networking accounts.
The latter is especially important since attackers love to take over the email and social accounts of millions of people.
If you really want to escape such situations, you better install a password manager right now.
2. New is not really “New”.
When you joyfully unwrap your new laptop or phone, they smell like heaven and the batteries work like a dream. But that doesn’t mean your computer isn’t already infected with viruses.
Oops! bad news. I know. Don’t judge the book by its cover.
3. Even the very best software has security vulnerabilities.
Many of us imagine that sufficiently good software and networks can be completely safe. Mind you, you got fooled again.
All Apple products are not perfect.
4. Every website and app should use HTTPS.
Another serious misconception is that every site doesn’t need to be HTTPS, or the app doesn’t need to use HTTPS. Another reality check coming your way –
Every site on the web needs to be HTTPS, because without HTTPS it’s easy for hackers to see exactly what you’re reading on your site.
5. The cloud is not safe — it just creates new security problems.
Cloud services are much more complex systems than a hard drive plugged into your computer. There are more places in cloud computing where things can go wrong.
6. Cyber-attacks and cyber-terrorism are very rare.
Your biggest threat is somebody breaking into your facebook account because you have a shitty password. Such things are exceeding rare!
7. Hackers are not criminals.
Hackers are not the Satan of the digital world. They can actually protect your PC from the bitchy hackers who want to get all your personal information.
A lot of hackers make things more secure.
8. Darknet and Deepweb are not the same thing.
The Deepweb refers to a part of the Internet, specifically the world wide web (www) that isn’t indexed by search engines, so can’t be accessed by Google.
The Darknet refers to non-“www” networks, where users may need separate software to access them. For example, Silk Road.
9. Software updates are crucial for your protection.
You ignore the pop-up updates regularly because you feel they are not useful. Actually you don’t stop for a second to read them. Fine, it’s your choice. But sooner or later, you will pay the price.
These software patches fix issues that were publicly identified. Copy that!