Based on its mainstream perception, a computer hack is someone accessing your computer without prior permission from you. Hacks are regularly conducted over the internet. They do results in damages that are sometimes impossible to repair, as demonstrated with the heart bleed and Sony hack. Below we look at some of the best ways to prevent your computer from being hacked.
Preventing hacks on your computer
Password protect USB ports
Most computers have robust firewalls, making it almost impossible to hack them via the internet. When hacks can’t penetrate the firewall, the hackers tend to revert to traditional methods. They use flash drives to install programs that create backdoors to be used to surpass the firewall. The best way to counter such a risk is to password protect all your USB ports. This ensures that a password has to be entered every time a USB device is plugged in the computer. So even if you leave your computer unattended, you can be assured that no one will tamper with it.
Password protect software installation
Another way someone can facilitate a hack is via physically accessing the computer and manually download the backdoors to the appliance via the internet. To make sure that the backdoor is not installed, the best thing to do is to require administrative privileges before any software install. By doing this, you ensure that every software install will need to be authorized by supplying the administrator password. If you have ever tried installing software on school computers, you might have an idea of what this means.
As clearly indicated by the heart bleed hack, installing software patches and updates is paramount to preventing hacks. The heart bleed hack affected the users that had not updated their SSL platform. By installing updates, you enable them to correct system flaws that would, however, leave you vulnerable to hacks. Most system vendors provide updates regularly to account for the system flows ad ensure that their end users are well protected. So the next time you are prompted to install an update, you better go through with it.
These are the three top things you can do to protect your gaming computer from hacks both physically and virtually. Most people will install an anti-virus software and leave it at that, majorly due to ignorance. As illustrated in the article, taking more caution and applying better preventive measures will better protect you from hacks.