9 Ways to Secure Your Computer and Information

Protecting your information and data is nearly a requirement in today's world. Previously, computer information was only susceptible to prying eyes after your dial-up connection was established. Once you were no longer on the Internet, there was no way a virus or hacker could gain access. Now, we have broadband Internet which enables a connection that is always on. Computer security has never been more important. What kind of methods are out there to keep yourself safe?

 

1. Online Armor - This free to use program is a powerful tool to stop anything from installing onto your computer. Online Armor will scan disks and flash drives of malware and prevent the drive from being accessed if one is found. Whether the unknown program is Internet-based or locally installed, Online Armor will stop it. The paid version has additional tools and features, but the free version works flawlessly.

 

2. Kruptos 2 - For a simple file encryption program, Kruptos 2 is an affordable option. After the 30-day free trial, the 128-bit encryption program costs less than $30. It has an easy to use GUI and leaves folder names unaltered in order to find what you need after you've encrypted it.

 

3. Privacy Drive - Although Privacy Drive only allows for a 15-day free trial, The $40 price tag could be well worth it. With this program, you can mount virtual drives for 128 and 256-bit encryption that can be used like actual hard drives for storing important data.

 

4. Comodo Internet Security - This free to use program acts much like Online Armor in that it makes port attacks and malware installs much harder to succeed. With Cloud-based virus scanning, Comodo keeps your computer protected while on any network. The program itself receives excellent reviews from various locations.

 

5. Cocoon - This privacy program allows Internet users to keep their browsing habits secured from tracking methods. Cocoon uses proxy servers to log onto the Internet keeping your IP address hidden for those accessing restricted websites. Once you log into the Cocoon account you created, you can load up Firefox or Internet explorer to start browsing once it has found a proxy server for you to use.

 

6. Wireshark - Analyze your network protocols for security leaks with Wireshark. This free program is open-source and has been under constant development for quite some time. Wireshark allows you to see what networking protocols are active and where you can plug the leaks.

 

7. KeePass Password Safe - Securely store passwords you use on a regular basis for the various websites you visit with this free program. This security program will keep all of your needed passwords without compromising your security by writing them down.

 

8. Web Historian - Track what websites people use on your computer systems with this free program. Web Historian is compatible with a wide variety of browsers and saves all browsing information in easy to access folders. Regardless if a person clears the history and cache of a browser, Web Historian will have it tracked.

 

9. Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware - Just as the name suggests, Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware is a free to use antivirus program that is widely used in all manners of the tech related world. It has an easy to understand interface, automatic updates, and has a paid version with added tools and features.

 

Regardless of what method you choose to employ on your computer system, it is always a good idea to have some kind of protection. Whether it is a free program, or a paid version, keeping your computer secure will prevent a headache in the future. Be vigilant in providing the best protection available to your budget.

 

About the author

Ken Myers as an Expert Advisor on multiple household help issues to many Organizations and groups, and is a mentor for other “Mom-preneurs” seeking guidance.  He is a regular contributor of “www.gonannies.com/”.  You can get in touch with him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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Bill has been a member of the technology and publishing industries for more than 25 years and brings extensive expertise to the roles of CEO, CIO, and Executive Editor. Most recently, Bill was COO and Co-Founder of CIOZone.com and the parent company PSN Inc. Previously, Bill held the position of CTO of both Wiseads New Media and About.com.

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