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How to Protect Data and Software on Your Laptop

Luther Riggs

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So, you’ve bought yourself a brand new laptop for personal or business use. There’s still no important data on it, but in a couple of days, this won’t be the case. You’ll use it to store all your important information, and once you do, you’ll become vulnerable. As losing your data or even exposing some of the contents can lead to many undesirable outcomes, you need to make them safe and sound from curious persons, busybodies, and various hacker attacks and we are going to show you have to protect data on your Laptop or PC. 

We’ll show you 5 simple steps you need to take in order to protect your Windows OS running laptop.

Use password

To make your data safe, you should password protect your laptop. Every time you turn your laptop on or wake it up from sleep mode,  you’ll be asked to enter the password in order to access it. Setting s password is pretty simple and takes just a couple of minutes, using the user account settings in the Control Panel. The choice of a password you’ll use is completely yours to make, but try not to make it too predictable, and avoid using your birth date or words such as password or qwerty. The most common password and the easiest one to crack,  “123456” was used by 23.2 million accounts, so think about being a bit more creative.

If you forget your code, and it does happen sometimes, contact an authorized service for reliable laptop repairs to solve this issue.

Install and use anti-virus software

In order to protect your laptop from cyber-criminals and hackers, you should choose appropriate anti-virus software. The cybercrime rate is growing, while the cyberattacks continue to evolve, posing a threat not only to organizations but to individuals also. 

You’ve probably heard about or used antivirus software before. Norton, Kaspersky, Avast, AVG, and McAfee are just some of the best-known brands in this niche, but there are many other great programs which could offer you a very high level of protection. Some of the software is free to use for basic purposes, but if you want to keep all your information safe from hacker attacks, protect your privacy and your payments, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid version. 

Turn on the Windows Firewall

Even if your anti-virus software comes with a firewall, the Windows Defender needs to be constantly on. Firewall can either be a software or a hardware solution used for filtering all the traffic to and from your PC or your network, keeping them safe from unauthorized access. Although it’s recommended to always keep it running, many users turn it off, because it limits the functionality of certain software. This issue can be solved rather easy, by allowing software of your choice through the firewall.

Windows update

You should regularly update your Windows OS, which is incredibly easy to do. The system will automatically check for an updated version online and suggest you make any necessary changes. This way you’ll get all the latest security enhancements, and all the new features Microsoft has to offer and be certain that your laptop is always protected. The crucial updates are those related to Windows Defender, so ensure you never skip those.

Latest versions of your web browser

Your browser is your laptops’ most vulnerable spot, as it’s your connection to the internet. Some reports claim that 81,4% of users browsed the web using Google Chrome during August 2019, so if this is your choice too, make sure it’s updated regularly. Although other browsers may not be as popular as Chrome, some of them are much lighter on system resources and faster, while also offering strong privacy and great protection tools – choose the one which will provide you with strong security and fast performance.

By following these simple steps and making regular updates of your important data, you’ll laptop will be safe and your data protected.

Luther is a professional Software Engineer and passionate technology Blogger. His main area of research is Software and Business Development.

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