Buying a new computer is often a lot of fun. New machines are usually faster, have newer software and provide a wealth of possibilities. At the same time, new computers can have their share of problems, including the fact most ship with few, if any, security features.
So how can you set up a new computer to make certain it will be as secure as possible before you start to rely on it for your day to day work or entertainment?
To start with, you should install and configure security software including an anti-virus program and a software firewall as quickly as possible after you start configuring the machine.
The anti-virus application functions by continually scanning your system for applications that appear similar to known viruses. If an anti-virus program detects an infection, it can often isolate it so it won’t affect your machine or your data.
A firewall will prevent unauthorized communications between your machine and a network (including the Internet). It also makes it difficult for malware and viruses to reach the network, which will help protect your personal information from external threats.
You’ll also want to ensure that you begin backing up your system as soon as possible. No anti-virus or firewall can prevent every bad scenario, so a good backup is always your last resort if your system becomes infected or corrupt beyond repair.
You may want to start by setting up an external hard drive and configuring automated backups in Windows. On top of that, it’s also a good idea to use a cloud backup service to save your most important files in an off-site location in case the external hard drive becomes damaged.
High on the list of optional hardware should be a quality router. Normally the default modem you receive from your internet provider is not very secure and you’ll want to run it through a properly configured router. A hardware firewall is also important for small business users. Absent some extraordinary access, an external attacker will never be able to launch an attack on your computer from your hardware firewall simply because it runs on firmware which can’t be modified or altered even if it is compromised.
Security is a process of supplementing. One measure alone is unlikely to be a panacea but several good proven options working in concert can very often be the difference between a secure machine and a potential for lost data and a compromised computer. Consulting a managed service provider company like Magnify247.com is the best way to get expert advice and help to set up a new computer.
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