7 Good Habits to Keep Your Computer Data Safe

We all know how important it is to keep our computers & the digital data inside safe and secure.

You never know what’s going to happen — any device damage, data loss, or stealing etc may cause big trouble. You should have heard about company confidential data or personal information being spread out due to the lack of computer security.

So, what can we do to prevent that from happening to our computers? We’ve outlined a couple of simple yet good habits that we’ll should have:

1. Backup your data regularly.

There is no necessity to make you realize the importance of data backup. So set aside a few minutes a week to back up all your files, preferably to an external hard drive; If you want, cloud backup services are also popular these days.

2. Set passwords for secure access.

No matter what operation system (e.g. Windows 10 or macOS) your computer is running, you can set an admin login password. Meanwhile, if you have any confidential documents, set a password to protect the file or folder.

3. Lock your computer screen when away.

If you need to be away from your desk (especially when you use your PC/Mac in a public place) for a while, make sure your computer screen is locked first. You never know whose hand is going to touch your computer.

4. Get a good antivirus/security software.

Lots of slow computer issues are actually caused by poor security software that often demand more system resources to run smoothly than others. Ideally, any antivirus software should be light-weight and do not consume much resources even run at background.

5. Adjust security settings.

The Windows operating systems all have multiple security settings (same with macOS), as do the popular browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Edge. Make sure the settings are appropriate for your computer and are adjusted for each individual user.

6. Do not auto-connect to public Wi-Fi.

The chances of your computer being attacked is much higher if you are always connected to a public Wi-Fi (especially when you don’t need it).

7. Check for security patches and software updates.

Both Microsoft and Apple offer regular updates and software patches to their operating systems to protect against viruses and security flaws. Make sure your computer regularly checks for updates or visit the appropriate web page to get the latest downloaded.

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