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Some Common User Mistakes That Compromises Your Security

When you look at the situations where the security systems have been compromised, you will find that more than 65% of the times, the user is at fault. This means that you will have to be careful when you are using the computer and be actively involved in ensuring that your actions will not come in the way of your computer’s security. It might be a simple action of overriding an error message or ignoring an update. At the end of the day, your data and privacy is at stake and you should ensure that you do all you can

Never Keep Too Many Applications and Accounts Open

As much as multi tasking is the need of the day, try to pipeline your tasks in such a way that too many applications are not open at the same time. If a Trojan gets unpacked when all your important applications and online accounts are open, it will be easy pickings for the malicious software. Even if you need multiple applications opened at the same time, make sure that only the ones you need are open. Also, do not run any parallel processes like downloads or visit potentially dangerous sites.

Curiosity is a Sin When it Comes to Internet Security

A survey conducted among internet users in the age group of 16 to 60 years revealed that all of them had clicked on one or the other email that looked interesting, but suspicious. This is one of the more favored entry points for hackers’ malicious software. There are many ways of how users might be lured to click on an unsafe link. For example, you get an email stating that you have won some prize money that cannot be resisted.

There will also be a link in the mail that states that you have to click on it to claim the prize money. Although most of us are aware of the fact that the link is dangerous, we might get a bit overconfident at times. As everyone uses proprietary software that protects you against malicious software, we might think that we are protected and click on the potentially dangerous link. Those are the only openings that the hackers, and in turn their software, are looking for.

Clicking On Pop-Ups

Similar to drawing people through email, pop ups are also used for redirecting you to the hackers’ link that contains malicious software. Although most pop-ups will be in the form of advertisements and promotions, there are some that have a higher hit rate. These are the pop-ups that redirect you to adult sites and their trademark lure is that you can watch adult content in private, without having to worry about someone tracking you through your credit card or internet browsing history. But the fact is that the site itself is malicious and once you enter the site, the possibilities of how the hacker might attack your computer are endless.

Improper Computer Maintenance Habits

Another frequently noted aspect in most computers that are hacked is improper computer maintenance habits. Most of us do not pay attention to the computer when it shows a warning that a particular issue needs to be addressed immediately. It might be something as simple as updating your operating system or your virus protection software or a problem in your firewall. Irrespective of what the issue is, the point here is that all computer issues have to be addressed immediately without fail. Also, make sure that your virus databases are updated, run frequent full system scans and also get your computer checked if it has become slow lately or showing any other signs of being infected.

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