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How to prevent hackers from hacking your computer

Most people around the world do not know that their computers (PCs) are vulnerable to hackers every time they connect to the internet. This is because not all them are techies or technology experts and they connect to the internet perhaps for fun or without knowledge of the danger . Some technology experts try to educate such people on the internet and post tips online such as we do here at PNG eHow.  For this tutorial, we look at how you can prevent hackers from accessing your computer. 

It is your duty as a computer owner to prevent your data and your PC from being hacked by hackers.  Below are few tips we recommend you to implement to protect your PC and your data. 
  1. Install Antivirus
You must install an antivirus on your computer. You can install either free or premium versions of antivirus software. We are recommending you to install premium version of the antivirus you are suing because most premium antivirus software are  equipped to handle offline and online threats with optimal performance and efficiency. If you already installed an antivirus software, ensure that you continue to run  updates so that  latest version of your antivirus software is installed on your Windows. 

      2. Avoid Installing Free Software
Do not install or use Freeware  or free software that you download on the internet. This is because freeware is yet another common point of insertion used by hackers. This tactic makes use of social engineering by exploiting your need for the software and either an unwillingness or inability to pay for it. Most of the useful software for Windows that’s available in the market requires that you pay for it. Some developers provide a freemium version with limited capabilities, while others only provide paid-for versions of the software. A hacker then finds a way to eliminate the paid-for aspects of the software and provides it for free on the internet. The catch is that malware is embedded in the free software. If you install any of those freewares, remember, you are also installing malware that creates a loophole for hackers to get access to your computer. 

3. Stopping Wi-Fi Hacks

Ensure to disable your Wi-Fi settings if you are not using it. This is becuase  Wi-Fi networks are one of the most common access points for hackers. Most people fail to understand that networks work both ways. In the same way that an open network gives you unrestricted access, so too does the network gain access to your Windows PC. Hackers too gain the same level of access when on an open network. Avoid open Wi-Fi networks at all costs.

4. Avoid clicking on suspected links (email attachments, social Media links, video links)

Sometimes, you will receive an email claiming that you have won a lottery or a promotion and the sender will include a link to claim the price. You should not click on such links and delete the email immediately. 


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