With the increasing threat to cyber security, it becomes necessary for the user to take all preventive measures to protect data security from harm. This includes making behavior changes while online, using built-in security utilities and features, trying third-party security tools, and more.
In this article, we have discussed several ways to help you secure your Windows PC in the most efficient way.
Use strong password
Using a strong password instead of a PIN is a good security measure that you can follow. Here, you can make this change under the sign-in option in Settings. We suggest that you create at least 8 characters long alpha-numeric passwords for better security. Your password must contain letters, numbers and special characters for a strong password.
To create a strong password, you can also try using the best password manager tool. These tools help you to create strong passwords for many of your accounts. Creating strong passwords will also serve as a strong identity theft protection feature for comprehensive security.
Create local account
When you use a Microsoft account with all privileges there is a high probability that it can be misused or exploited. For example, you have mistakenly installed a malicious application. Now that app has spread malicious content on your device and tries to control your important settings through your admin account.
In the second example, it is possible that someone breaks your password in some way and is now able to make any changes that they need. Thus, it is best to use a local account with the necessary permissions instead of an administrator account with all privileges. To make this change, go to Settings> Accounts> Sign in instead of Local account.
Avoid open network
Open networks like Open or Free Wi-Fi bring a lot of security challenges. Although free Wi-Fi may seem an attractive deal, it is not free from its limitations. Breaking system security can be absolutely easy for cyber security with a small piece of malicious software on an open network. It is highly suggested that you should not do important and sensitive tasks like online banking, shopping etc. on an open network.
This will help you in avoiding unnecessary hassle caused by cyber criminals. You can also do a small tweak in the system settings to avoid connecting to any random network instead of just connecting to suggested open hotspots. To make this change on your system, go to Settings> Network and Internet> Wi-Fi. Once you enable this feature on your PC, it will give you better control over your network connection.
Disable location permission
Many apps on your device ask for location permission when you install them. This is to provide your seamless services. While the permission of location acquired by various applications is required by these apps, in some cases different apps ask for location permission without any good reason. Thus, they not only track the location of your device, but they can also cause unnecessary security concerns for you.
In addition, it also unnecessarily consumes system resources. To disable unnecessary location permission acquired by various apps on your system, go to Settings> Privacy> Location. Here, sift through all the apps to find the apps for which you want to disable location permission. To disable location permission, simply toggle the permission button next to each app.
Avoid opening unknown attachments
The next security measure you follow is to avoid clicking unknown links and opening unknown attachments. While approx. Half of your emails get in the spam folder, the threat is real and emerges. Here, cybercriminals try several well-practiced techniques to send spam emails to deceive users.
They refer to many malicious links and attachments and try to trick users with some amazing offers and discounts. Here, they ask users to click on these malicious links or ask them to open malicious attachments to infect their device.