Three Key Steps to Secure PC Software

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Secure pc software is crucial to safeguarding your computer, mobile device and your data from hackers. Hackers (also known as cybercriminals) attack your device or computer for a variety of reasons, such as stealing, altering and deleting information that you consider important. Unlike other thieves, who usually have legitimate reasons for the stolen goods they have malicious motives. They are most interested in unauthorized access to your personal data, often before you realize that something is wrong.

Passwords and passwords, as well as a virus protection program and firewalls are the three most important steps to secure your computer software. If you follow these basic best practices your computer will be much less likely to be hacked by malware, hackers, or ransomware (software that encrypts your data and demands payment for unlocking it).

Change the name of the administrator account. Select a strong password that includes lower and uppercase letters as well as numbers and computer symbol. Avoid using a short password, like 1234, because hackers are able to employ automated tools to crack easy-to-guess passwords in minutes.

Update your operating system and other software. The majority of software updates include security fixes to help protect against hackers. Install all patches, and set up automatic updates if there are any, to limit the amount of time you're vulnerable to hackers.

If you own a laptop, or any other portable device that isn't being used, make sure the drive is encrypted. This is especially crucial for UF Students. You can enable encryption in Windows by opening Settings > Update & Security > Device encryption. This will encrypt your entire internal drive and a majority of external drives, such as SD cards.