Privacy invasion is common in 2020 and millions of computers have been affected by one or another way. Users have to step up a proper security system in the machine to ensure that they are not getting haunted by hackers. It is a difficult process for newbies or someone, who lacks knowledge in this area. Many companies have come forward with antivirus solutions but they cannot work flawlessly if you don’t help them. The security solutions create a layer and they are a helping hand. We are going to show you how you can protect yourself from hackers and we have compiled a list of combinations that can help you strengthen security.
1. Antivirus Solutions
You should add one security system to the Windows and macOS computer and you don’t have to pay a single penny for it. Many companies charge ridiculous amounts of money on yearly licenses but you can use the free version because it is suitable for home users. Our Windows desktop machines have mid-range specifications like Ryzen 5, 16 GB RAM, SSD, RX 570, and more.
a) Avast Free Antivirus
We have been Avast Free Solution for almost a decade and it is better than many premium packages available in the market.
We have been using the Malwarebytes free version for three years and it is a deadly combo. You don’t have to pay a single penny and add security layers in the Windows & macOS computer.
2. Data Encryption
We all have sensitive data on our computers including Photos, Videos, Documents, Banking information, and more. Remember, the majority of hackers want to steal sensitive information like Credit Card information. You have to keep in mind that they want to sell your information or use it for personal gains. We know that encryption is a complicated task for beginners but it takes less than ten minutes to download the right program and encrypt the data. If you don’t know anything about encryption then you can read “Encryption: What Is It and How Does It Work?” and keep the privacy invaders away from the space.
3. Linux Operating System
Unfortunately, Windows and Mac OS X is a popular operating system and the majority of the consumers are using it. Many hackers are building advanced threats for Microsoft’s & Apple’s operating system and they don’t have a powerful security layer against them all. Of course, the multi-billion dollar software companies can put up a good barrier and ward off most of them, but they cannot fight against them all.
We have been using Linux for a while now, and it is probably the safest operating system in the market. You can check out Ubuntu 20.4 (mid-range specifications), Kubuntu 20.4 (low-end specifications), and Lubuntu 20.4 (10 years old computers). We have tested them all for a few weeks and we are using Kubuntu daily.
4. Online Threats
Many hackers are setting up fake websites online and they are spreading viruses, malware, adware, spyware, and other threats on your machine. Let us assume that you want to watch a movie or Anime that is not available in your country. There are many sources online that allows viewers to watch unavailable content. Most of the video sharing websites are illegal because they don’t hold a proper license.
Go Go Anime is one of them and they had to put pop-up advertisements from a sketchy ad network. Remember, the illegal website cannot get monetized by legit companies, so they have to opt-in for sketchy ad networks to generate income & continue to maintain the servers. The pop-up advertisements redirect the user to another site and it contains threats like malware, virus, spyware, etc. Do not visit sources that have pirated content on it because they cannot sustain the business without generating income and they may end up signing to fishy ad networks.
5. Pirated Programs
You may have come across plenty of websites that offer pirated solutions like Microsoft Office 2016, Internet Download Manager, System Optimizer, Malwarebytes, Bandicam, and others. You don’t have to pay a single penny and they will take care of everything as long as you download the pirated version & install it. Unfortunately, it is one of the major sources for hackers to make you install the program as an administrator and steal information with full authority. In short, do not download pirated versions because they are designed to steal information from you.
Do not click on random emails coming from unknown URLs because they contain threats and it is a common technique. Always visit official websites and sites that have SSL Certificates enabled because it encrypts the data and hackers don’t like it. Let us know what things you do to protect yourself in the comment section below.