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Three Key Steps to Secure PC Software

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Secure PC software is the key to safeguarding your mobile device, computer and your data from hackers. Hackers, also referred to as cybercriminals, break into your computer for a variety reasons. They may steal and alter or erase data that you value. In contrast to other thieves, who usually have legitimate reasons for the stolen items hackers have ulterior motives. They are particularly concerned about having access to sensitive data that is not authorized. This could happen before you even realize that something is wrong.

Passwords, a virus protection program and firewalls are the three primary steps to protect your computer software. If you adhere to these best practices your computer will be much less likely to be compromised by hackers, malware or ransomware (software which encrypts your data and requires payment to unlock it).

Change the name of your administrator account. Select a strong password that includes lower and uppercase letters numerals, numbers and computer symbols. Avoid using a standard password like 1234, as hackers can employ automated software to crack passwords that are easy to guess in a matter of minutes.

Update your operating system and other programs. The majority of software updates contain security fixes to help protect against hacking. Install all patches and turn on automatic updates if they are available to minimize the window of time you’re vulnerable to hackers.

If you own a laptop or another portable device, ensure that the drive is secured even when it’s not in use. This is especially crucial for UF Students. You can enable encryption in Windows by going to Settings > Update & security > Device encryption. This will protect your entire internal drive and a majority of external drives, like SD cards.

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