How to secure your Windows PC from viruses and malware

How to secure your Windows PC from viruses and malware

Windows PC has been the target of hackers for years. What they do is explore security vulnerabilities found in Windows to ask for ransom. Microsoft has been working pretty hard to secure its own desktop operating system, but nothing is better than protecting yourself.

There are several ways you can secure your Windows PC from ransomware and virus attacks, ranging from updating your PC to backing up your files. However, those methods may be unknown to some folks. No worries, we can help you out.

In this guide, we have compiled a list of the best ways that help you secure your Windows PC. Before doing anything, make sure your PC is now up-to-date. To update your PC, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

  1. Enable Windows Defender

Windows Defender was one of the highlights of Windows, allowing users to protect their computers against viruses. With the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Windows Defender is now a part of the Windows Defender Security Center. Basically, the new Security Center offers the basic security functionality, like virus protection, performance boost, firewall and network protection, and more.

The Windows Defender Security Center comes pre-loaded in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. You can open the Security Center window by heading to Settings > Windows Defender > Open Windows Defender Security Center.

  1. Back up your files

Backing up your PC is one of the smartest things to secure your files from virus attacks and file corruption. There are several ways you can back up your files like using an external hard drive or iCloud services.

Windows 10 includes OneDrive, one of the best storage services out there. OneDrive offers 5GB of free storage for all users. 50 GB of storage costs you $1, 99 per month, while 1TB of storage plan is now available for $6, 99 per month.

  1. Strong passwords

If you are one of those who frequently store important data in your personal computer, we recommend you secure them using strong passwords. Passwords need to contain capital letters, numbers, and symbols. We also recommend you use strong passwords for each service. If you cannot remember all your passwords, make sure you store them in one place.

  1. Download files from trusted sources

If you frequently download files to your PC, make sure you download them from trusted sources as we know that there are  a lot of scams out there. If you fall for such services, there is a good chance that your PC will be infected with viruses.

  1. Beaware of email attachments

There are times when you receive emails that contain attachments. However, not all of them are safe, as they may include malicious software or spyware. Luckily, most of today’s web browsers now offer the ability to scan files for viruses or malware.

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