Computers have completely changed the world we live in. They have become an integral part of our lives and it is hard to imagine a world without them. There is rarely a task around us that doesn’t have computers involved. Moreover, a computer is no longer the desktop tower that sits on a table. PCs, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, smartwatches, and even smart appliances and jewelry have a computer in them. When connected to the internet, these devices allow you to communicate with one another, store your personal information, and carry out a plethora of other functions. However, with exponential growth in computing over the last few decades, the risk of cyberattacks has reached alarming rates. 

Cyber Attacks – Defined 

A cyberattack is defined as a targeted attack on a computer system or network to damage or destroy the network. It is an incredibly dangerous method of stealing, manipulating, and abusing sensitive data. This could have harmful implications if not dealt with properly. 

Protection Against Cyber Attacks 

In this connected world, a cyberattack is a harsh reality that organizations and individuals must prepare for. As damaging as they are, there are certainly means to prevent them from happening. These include proactive and reactive measures.

System Firewalls

A system firewall is the first line of defense against any foreign intrusion. It will subdue anyone from gaining external control of your system. Moreover, it will also restrict the entry of malware, viruses, or Trojans into your system. Most modern operating systems come with pre-installed firewalls but you must go the extra mile and ensure you have some form of security software program in place. These programs offer an additional layer of security that guarantees your information safety further. 

Information Backups

Whether you are a single user or an organization, backing up your data should be as important as the data itself. In case your system is attacked and all the files are damaged beyond recovery, having a backup of all the information in it will save you time, effort, headaches, and also money. Moreover, if your device is stolen, you need not worry about the information you lost since it was backed up already. To go the extra mile, you should make backups of your backup and keep each set of backups at different locations. You should automate your backups and it helps when you have internet that can do the job without fail. 

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Boot Disks

If your computer system has been ravaged by a cyberattack, your system could be rendered useless. However, setting up a boot disk will allow you to restore your system to its factory settings. You will have lost the data on the system as it will have formatted back to factory settings. However, data backups will be your saving grace! Make sure you back up your data!

Avoiding Spam Emails

We’ve all heard of the infamous Nigerian prince who sends everyone emails asking to share in his wealth. All he needs is your credit card to ‘send you the money’. Anyone with an email address knows about this and unfortunately, people still fall prey to it. At times, you will receive emails from accounts claiming to be big brands. These emails contain attachments which, when downloaded, corrupt your computer system with malware and viruses. To prevent this, ensure that your internet security software has been configured to run a scan on every email that comes into your inbox. Spam emails will either attempt to steal your information directly or install malware that will silently destroy your computer.

Disconnecting The System

Once you have taken all the necessary steps mentioned above, go one step further and disconnect your PC when you’re done. This means turning off your Wi-Fi and computer. Just because you aren’t using it, doesn’t mean the risk of a cyber-attack will suddenly disappear. As long as you are connected to the internet, there is always a risk of some cyber-criminal making their way into it. Moreover, this isn’t restricted to computer systems and can go as far as the smart TVs we use. With their plethora of features and internet connectivity, they too are susceptible to cyberattacks. However, using Spectrum Cable TV allows you to enjoy your favorite channels along with an antivirus solution that is part of the Spectrum Internet + Select TV deal!

Conclusion 

Cybersecurity is one of the most important subjects currently being discussed around the globe. Governments and organizations are investing a lot of resources into this space to ensure our data is kept as safe as possible. The risk will always exist and we must do our part to ensure our data is protected to the best of our and the system’s abilities.