A computer is generally the easiest target for criminals. If they can install programmes or hack into the system, then they can collect sensitive information. However, protecting your loved one’s computer and keeping it safe is relatively easy if you follow the tips below.
Computer viruses intend to cause harm and they can spread from one computer to another through emails or dodgy websites. They can appear in different forms, for example; unwanted pop-up messages, a slow computer speed, even deleting files. Having an anti-virus software can help to locate, stop and get rid of these viruses before they can take effect.
We would recommend organising a software package from a well known provider (such as McAfee or Norton). These will include a range of security software, but remember to check what kind of software is needed. This can vary between different computers and some internet providers actually offer their own security software at no extra charge.
Spyware are programmes that can secretly record computer activity. They can be used for perfectly legitimate reasons, but the vast majority is malicious. The aim of spyware is usually to capture passwords, banking credentials and credit card details.
You can protect your loved one by installing an anti spyware tool, many of these are of a high quality and some can even be free. Most of these tools can be left to run in the background and don’t interfere with any computer activity. Furthermore, they regularly download updates to stay ahead of newly-emerging spyware.
Update the Operating System
The operating system manages all the hardware and software on a computer. The most common examples of these systems are Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. It’s easy to skip software updates because they don’t seem important and delay whatever you may need to do – but they are very important and without updates, the door is open for hackers to access information.
Regardless of the operating system your loved one has, keep it updated to ensure better protection. There is also the option to select automatic updates on both your mobile devices and computers, which makes it easier to stay on top of everything.
Protect the Home Wi-fi
Usually, most Wi-Fi home hubs come with a built-in security system, for example all BT Hub’s include a security system that protects your WiFi network. However, make sure that the wireless network is protected so that people living nearby can’t access it. Read the instructions that come with the internet router to find out how to set up a ‘key’, so that no one else can access the internet through your loved one’s router.
Protecting Your Loved One’s Computer
Computer security is important, primarily to keep your information protected. It’s also important for your computer’s overall health, helping to prevent viruses and allowing programs to run more smoothly. In addition to computer safety, if your loved one needs more protection at home, our Careline alarm may be what they need. You learn more in our in-depth guide, or by getting in touch with our Customer Service Team on 0800 101 3333 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.