5 ways to test computer’s security

Here are a few ways to test computer’s security that will help you secure your computer: The moment you log onto the internet your whole personal data is at risk of exposure. This may sound alarming but the cyber-criminals and hackers are always looking for data stored on your hard drives that may help them in some way. And once they find some data of their interest they do all it takes to steal that. These attacks are often explicit and frightening.

Virtual thieves have committed wave after wave of digital crimes.They have extracted untold Bitcoin dollars from regular users desperate to decrypt their files. Cyber-crimes are explicit and scary. The virtual thieves have committed a number of crimes through internet. They have taken a lot of Bitcoin dollars from users, desperate to get their files decoded. Hackers may attack your computers through various methods. You should know the tactics to cope with the attacks.

5 ways to test computer’s security

 

Test your settings

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer is a free tool that checks your Windows and office settings for any potential threats, especially viruses.

It checks all the user account passwords and informs about any weak or disabled password. Weak passwords are easy target for hackers.

It will also check many of your account settings and information like,

  • Is your computer setup to get automatic updates?
  • Do you have more than one administrator account on your computer?

When you click on “Result details” or “What was scanned” it shows you the preferred settings for your system.

MSBA shows folders set up for sharing. You should check that you may have opened some private folders in past. Opened folders give access to anyone on your network to these files. Be vigilant about what you share and with whom. This is one of the best ways to test computer’s security.

Update your browser plugins

Always keep your browser updated. An updated version protects from viruses and attacks.

Make sure that along with your browsers the plug-ins are also up to date. Outdated plug-ins leave your browser open to threats.

Open up all the browsers on your computer even if you do not use them. Click on Mozilla’s Plugin checker. This will show every plug-in installed along with their status. This Plugin checker works for all browsers. You can also remove unwanted plug-ins or toolbars. Checking browser plugins is the second important way to test computer’s security.

Test your firewall

Basic security setup is firewall. Mac and Windows have firewalls built in them and many third party programs include them. A firewall helps keep the hackers out of your system by not letting them see your system when online, while attacking. Still a single wrong port setting can put your system to danger. A virus can change your settings without your knowledge giving hackers an opportunity to attack. Through PortTest your firewall is scanned making sure the computer is invisible, if not that hackers can also see it. You can test computer’s security with  firewall settings.

Permanently delete files

Even after deleting your files they still stay on your hard drive for days or weeks. Anyone having an information about these can recover them from your system. So you should always permanently delete important files that are not needed anymore.

To check if your files are really deleted run a file recovery program like Recuva, to check if it can find them on system. If not then the files are permanently deleted.

Check your Facebook settings

Facebook has as much of your personal data as you may have in your computer. Attackers are always looking for such data at the first place. Check what parts of your profile are public and private using “View As” tool. Change the setting of your information that you don’t like to share like Photos, Friends and other section.

Four easy steps can help you secure your account. Just go to Facebook settings > Timeline and Tagging> “Who can see my things on my Timeline” > click “View As”

Every single detail on your profile can be edited. Short cut to choosing an audience who can see a particular information is upside down triangle icon. Icon sits at right of each item and allows you to select the audience. Facebook offers extensive privacy settings. Kim Komando show and podcasts informs so much about security issues and digital life issues (see Komando.com for more information).

To comment on this article and other 01Technology Magazine content, visit our Facebook page or our Twitter feed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *