Ten steps to a safer computer

The recent cyberattack on Ireland’s health system highlighted the importance of protecting your computers against criminals – and showed the damage and losses which can be incurred if you don’t. 

ith so many of us still working from home – and with so much more computers and IT devices around the home than pre-Covid, it’s crucial that you ensure any devices in your home are secure so that you too don’t fall prey to cybercriminals. So how do you go about protecting yourself from cybercrime and do you need to spend money to do so? 

Get a trusted brand

Use the anti-virus software of a reputable and trusted brand leader – whether it’s free or paid-for. Some of the main brand leaders include Avast, AVG, Eset, McAfee, Norton, Microsoft and Sophos.

Free anti-virus may be enough

Free anti-virus software may be all you need for your home computer or devices.

For example, Microsoft Windows 10 Security (better known as Microsoft Defender), which is free with Windows 10, has received positive reviews from a number of IT and consumer experts. It scans for malware (harmful software which will cause damage to – and try to extract personal and financial information from – your computer), viruses and security threats, with updates downloaded automatically to help keep your device safe. It also allows you to keep an eye on your…