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A beginners' guide to laptop security

If you have ever had your laptop compromised, either by a theft or by an internal issue, like a virus, then you know the value of PC security. If not, then you are very lucky, and should be sure to secure your laptop before it gets damaged or stolen. This article will examine how to secure your laptop easily.

Internal issues

The most common form of laptop vandalism is actually performed without the perpetrator touching it! According to Norton, the majority of home computers and laptops are infected with a trojan or a virus. Getting an anti-virus The most crucial part of computer security is to get an anti-virus product from a prestigious company. This company will be able to detect known signatures (common elements of files) that are associated with viruses and spyware. Some decent anti-virus software can be found at Norton.com. It is recommended for you to do independent research on this to find the best one for you. Getting an anti-virus aid While an anti-virus can block known viruses, there are always new ones right around the corner! You can use an anti-virus aids such as Emsisoft Mamutu in order to find programs that act suspiciously and stop them from damaging your computer. This is a fairly new development in PC security. Getting a firewall The final necessary asset for your PC security is to get a good firewall. There are many excellent free ones, like Windows Defender. These are used to block unauthorised computers from gaining access to your computer through an exploited port (connection route) on your router or modem. It is also recommended to do personal research on this.

External issues

Since laptops are many times out in public, it is hard to have a viable anti-theft system on-board. You could try to use security cables, but these are easy to break. Some tips to prevent data theft In the event that your laptop is stolen, it is always helpful to have the following precautions installed: - Purchase a combination lock for your laptop and get it put in by a professional, so that it is harder for the thief to open it. - Since laptop locks don't always hold, take software precautions, like setting a password that is hard to guess as your user password. - Install a hidden tracking system. Independent research is recommended on this topic. - Always keep a back-up of all of your data on an external hard drive that is stored in a separate location.

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