There are two types of attacks that your computer could be susceptible to - a blanket bomb attack through a breached database/website that has your information or a targeted attack. The latter is usually a threat for individuals that deal with sensitive data or high-net individuals. Either way, it is crucial that you secure your computer against hackers, because it can very well be a gateway to very personal aspects of your life. Here are some ways to ensure that invaders stay away from your computer, and your life:

Before you connect to the Internet, always have your firewall on. If you're working on a company network it will have a firewall of its own, but it is still recommended to have it activated on your device. Most computers now come equipped with firewall, people just forget to turn them on.

Keep your operating system up-to-date with upgrades. Every OS upgrade means fewer bugs, programming errors and other loopholes that let a virus trickle in. While this can be a slow, time-consuming process, it is a crucial one.

Install an antivirus for complete security. There is a large array of AV software available for free/subscription. Some come with a malware removal tool, or you must purchase one separately.

Tread with caution on the Internet. Don't click links that look suspect, open emails from unknown senders or download illegal files, as those are the most common source of Trojans and other malware.

Choose a password that no one can guess. This one is the oldest trick in the book for computer safety, but it never becomes irrelevant. No amount of sophisticated software will help you if your hardware itself is stolen and someone physically gains access to your files.

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