The internet is filled with a lot of malicious content and dangerous viruses that can harm your computer easily. The best option is to have a very robust antivirus installed on your computer, however to keep the computer safe you would need to blow some big bucks to get the best antivirus installed. Now we all don’t have big pockets to shell out all that cash, so here are some tips which you should use to keep your computer safe online.
This is more common sense rather than a sure shot method to keep you safe. You should not visit suspicious sites or click on suspicious links, no you will and cannot win a million dollars by clicking on that random ad on the top left page of the website. Pages often contain malicious content but that can only harm your computer if you click on them. Also a lot of browsers have a “Private browsing” option which does not keep any history or cookies saved on your computer, so do use that option. Never let out or post your password on random sites, no matter what the site says, unless it is a safe page.
Use a safe browser
Apart from the steps mentioned above, it is recommended to use another web browser rather than the pre-installed internet explorer. Firefox, Chrome are some of the best options out there in terms of security and should be used as soon as possible. They get more updates and are safer to use as well.
Ad /pop up blocker
The reason you should have one of the above browsers installed is that it provides you the option to download extensions, one of the best extensions is a pop up blocker/ad blocker which would block all those pesky pop ups that come up when you visit a website. Of course the pop ups aren’t a problem but it does disrupt your internet experience and sometimes they do have links to really unnecessary sites which you can click by mistake and that can affect your computer by making it slow and unresponsive.
Normally you should install such software which says it can clean your computer, but this free software is amazing to use. Not only does it remove those hidden files which are actually taking up unwanted space from your computer but it can also remove unused and unwanted file extensions which are ruining your computer’s performance. Ccleaner can also check up programs running in the startup and you can customize which programs you want to run and not, although you should know what you are doing. Plus this software also has a nifty uninstall feature which allows you to uninstall any software from your computer, even if you think you have removed everything from the computer, this software will ensure that program is completely eradicated from the computer.
Follow these steps and of course common sense will ensure that your computer stays safe, remember not to share any personal information online and of course never click on suspicious links.