Tips to protect your Windows PC from malware

With the outbreak of malware and ransomware crippling the world’s computers and stealing users’ personal data, it’s a good idea to enhance your computer’s security system. In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attacks shut down hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. Basically, WannaCry exploited critical vulnerabilities in your Windows system, encrypted your data and asked for ransom payments.

If you frequently go online to make purchases and connect with your families and friends, there’s a good chance that your computer has become the target of malware and hackers. Therefore, it’s best to protect yourself from imminent threats.

In this post, we will run you through some tips to protect your Windows PC against malware, ransomware and viruses. Before we proceed, make sure that your PC is now running a modern version of Windows.

  1. Backup

Backing up your personal data is one of the smartest things to keep your computer protected against malware and ransomware attacks. Windows includes a built-in backup tool, known as File History that allows you to secure your personal data and recover from malware attacks and hardware errors, eliminating the need for a third-party software to be installed on your device.

With File History, you can back up almost everything on your computer, including all the latest updates, configurations, programs and even more. Check out our steps below to back up your computer.

Step one: First off, perform a right-click on the Start button and open Control Panel to proceed

Step two: Next up, click File History and then hit the System Image Backup in the bottom-left corner. After that, you need to connect an external USB hard drive to your computer (Make sure that it has enough free space)

Step three: Select where you want to save your backup and hit the Next button

Step four: Once you are done, click Start backup to complete the task.

  1. Keep your Windows up to date

Make sure that you now have the latest software update of your Windows version. Microsoft is regularly releasing updates and patches to fix security vulnerabilities. In May, the Redmond Company released a security update which addressed the vulnerabilities exploited by WannaCry, thus saving thousands of computers worldwide.

If you are now using Windows 10, all app and software updates download and install automatically. If you are not sure if your computer is up to date, you can head to Settings, select Update & security, click Windows Update and hit Check for updates. Windows will check and install the updates automatically.

  1. Make sure you have turned on Firewall

Windows Firewall has been available out there since the days of Windows XP. Firewall serves as a great tool that protects your Windows from malware, viruses and malicious programs. Firewall is enabled by defaults in Windows, but many users have disabled it for various reasons. If you happen to sit in the group, turn it back on. Here is how.

Step one: First off, you need to open Control Panel on your computer and then head to System and Security

Step two: Select Windows Firewall and then turn on Windows Firewall.

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