How to stop your computer from being hacked

Written by krystle vermes
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Computer hacking is an every day occurrence. People have learnt that it's easy to master, and once they obtain your private information, the opportunities for malicious mischief are endless. Whether you've been a victim of a hacker or you just want to keep it from happening, there are a few steps you can take to protect your computer from these criminals and keep your personal information safe.

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  • Anti-virus software

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    Invest in a good antivirus program. Norton Anti-Virus or McAfee Anti-Virus are leaders in virus and spyware protection. Either of them will keep your computer safe for less than £32 a year, as of 2010, and include an annual renewable subscription. There are also free antivirus programs online, such as AVG, which can keep your computer safe as well. The best part about these programs is they allow you to run virus and spyware sweeps at the click of a mouse and get rid of any suspicious for you within minutes.

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    Put up your Firewall. This computer protector should automatically be on at all times, but if you have taken it down for any reason, enable it as soon as possible. Firewalls keep people from sending spyware into your computer and downloading harmful cookies, which may include viruses, onto it without permission. You can easily turn it on in your computer's security preferences. Windows users may do it through the Control Panel. Macintosh users may turn on their firewall by going to Preferences and clicking on Sharing.

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    Upgrade your passwords. Cracking passcodes is the easiest way for hackers to get into your personal accounts, and it's the easiest thing you can prevent. Have at least three to four different passwords for your various accounts, and include numbers and symbols in all of them. The more diversity in your passwords, the safer your information will be.

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    Clear your cookies and cache regularly. Whether you're an avid Internet surfer or you just browse on occasion, your computer will automatically store cookies to remember every site you visit. For the most part, cookies and cache are just harmless memory eaters, but some hackers design them to attack computers. Like spyware, cookies can give hackers access to everything on your computer so delete them regularly to avoid giving them the advantage.

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