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The Expert, No Nonsense Tips On Keeping Your PC Secure – I

Hello,

Welcome to the blog. Today’s tip is on a very critical and yet mostly ignored area of "Keeping one’s PC secure". We all hear and read about the growing online and offline security threats to computers that are intended to steal, damage our crucial data and privacy. In fact, security is one of the most critical things that are mostly ignored by nearly all of the users – office as well as home. Well, it depends on how valuable your data is? Can you really afford to loose it? If No, then I am going to give you some really important tips – minor and major, equally important to keep your computer secure.

The word security means safety and involves physical and online prevention from thieves, hackers or anyone interested in causing hard to your PC’s data.

I am going to cover these tips and tricks in series, as I want to keep each of the post light and interesting. I will give three-four tips in every post and hope that you people will gain something and take some action in improving your PC security after reading them.

To start, I am giving some general tips on physical and login security of the computer.

The PC security is similar to security of one’s house. We install magic eye, increase height of the boundary walls and install security devices to keep us safe. PC security is similar to keeping one’s house secure by taking several measures to keep it safe.

Some of the tips to keep your PC secure are:

1). Install physical locking mechanism

Use a physical locking mechanism so that the PC cannot be opened in any way and nothing can be taken from it. Also, the mechanism should not allow the PC to be moved physically otherwise someone could carry it physically and then break that mechanism.

If you feel that your home PC has personal and not very confidential data that someone will take this step, then you may not install this mechanism but if you have a PC in an office that has valuable data that can be misused by someone, then you must install this piece of hardware.

Check more about these kind of physical locking devices at -

http://www.computer-lock.com/computer-lock.html

Innerlockdesk physical lock The Expert, No Nonsense Tips On Keeping Your PC Secure   I

One photo of their product, Innerlockdesk (the black colored bar locking PC chassis with the desk) is shown in the left for your reference.

Their PC physical security products are not costly and most of them are under $ 100.

2). Setup User or Boot Password in CMOS

In your computer CMOS setup, set the User Security so that one has to enter a password before the booting starts. This is not very fail proof way as CMOS can be cleared by means of jumper and also there is list of master passwords available at Net that can override your CMOS password; For example, AMI motherboards have default password of AMI. But, not everyone knows these loopholes and it’s better to have as many security layers as possible, so use a complicated CMOS system password of the maximum characters, i.e., eight.

To enter the user password in CMOS setup, watch out for the key to be pressed (Normally it’s Del – Delete or F2) as soon you switch on your PC and then enter the password in Security or User Password (depending on your CMOS BIOS version, there might be some other option).

3). Use biometric security methods for granting access

If your budget allows and if your data is worth the cost involved, go for a biometric security method such as fingerprint, hand, voice or retina scan to allow the PC to start booting only after the identification of the genuine user. Some of the recent laptops are coming with Biometric security.

The low end Finger based recognition devices costs under $ 100 while retina based recognition devices costs more, ranging from few hundred to thousand dollars.

Unless, you have very confidential data, there is no need of buying the costly biometric security devices. Also, always have a backup method of manual authentication to avoid any scenario where the biometric scanner doesn’t authenticate you due to some issue (calibration or some other hardware problem).

4). Windows password

Make it mandatory to enter an alphanumeric windows password for accessing desktop of standalone as well as networked PC’s. Without entering the windows password, no one will be able to access the folders and files of your PC without logging in. Don’t keep blank (nothing to type but press Enter) password icon smile The Expert, No Nonsense Tips On Keeping Your PC Secure   I

How did you find these starting tips of PC security? Did you find them useful?

Let me know.

Bye till next tips,

Your friend,

Rajesh Mago

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