How did you end up doing on our computer security quiz?
If some of the questions were a bit over your head, we provided you with some detailed answers below!
Question 1: How often should you update your applications and computer’s O.S (operating system)?
The updates for your computer’s applications and operating system aren’t just there to give you a headache. Updates are incredibly important for maintaining a system’s performance, making sure you don’t experience lags, bugs, and errors, all of which can be exploited by hackers and malware.
Do yourself a favour and update your computer when you get the chance! It may be a bit troublesome at first, but you’ll thank yourself later.
Question 2: What type of antivirus programs do you use?
Having a dependable antivirus and firewall protection on your computer is crucial for maintaining its security. Having this sort of protection ensures that you can safely browse the web without fear and accidentally infecting your computer with malicious software.
However, it’s important to note that you should only have one antivirus on your computer – if you have multiple antivirus programs on your computer, they actually end up cancelling each other out, leaving your computer vulnerable to malware.
Question 3: What type of passwords are best for your security?
While you may have heard that having a complex password is best for your computer’s security, that isn’t always what’s best for you. Cybersecurity experts recommend having a password that’s at least 8 characters, contains 1 uppercase, 1 lowercase, as well as a few numbers as well.
Make the password something personal so that you’ll always remember, rather than something way too complex that nobody (not even yourself) can guess.
Question 4: What is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and is it necessary for your security?
Multi-Factor Authentication is not facial recognition, but rather an additional layer of security used to log into your accounts. Typically, you’d receive additional confirmation through something like an email or text message when trying to access your account, making it next to impossible for anybody but yourself to access your information.
Here at FixMeStick we use MFA everyday to sign into our accounts! It’s the best way to ensure that your computer security top notch.
Question 5: Why is a Virtual Private Network (VPN) good for your security?
Virtual Private Networks is a service that provides you with an encrypted connection to a network. This allows you to keep your browsing hidden, and your data private.
While not absolutely necessary for protecting your computer, it’s a must-have for individuals looking to maintain their online privacy.
At FixMeStick, we’re huge fans of NordVPN, one of the better and more dependable VPN’s on the market today. If you’re interested, you can check out our guide to VPN’s, and even look into getting NordVPN for yourself (with a FixMeStick discount, of course). Click here to check it out!
Question 6: How often should you back up your computer?
Backing up your computer’s files is one of the most overlooked parts of maintaining your computer’s security. If your computer ever crashes, if you suspect you’ve been infected with malware, or even worse, ransomware, you can use your computer’s backup to restore your files.
We recommend backing up your files as often as you can, that way you know you’re protected in the case of disaster striking your computer.
You can check out our guide to backing up your computer’s file here!
Question 7: Are you avoiding phishing email scams and malicious popups?
Phishing scams and malicious popups may not be as simple to avoid as you think – they’re made with one thing in mind, to trick you and steal your information.
The most popular scams typically come from scammers posing as reputable companies such as Netflix, Amazon, and Microsoft. If you receive an email or popup from out the blue regarding your account (or even viruses on your computer), do some research to see if it’s the real deal, or even contact us with any questions you have!
If you think you’ve been infected by a virus or popup, we always recommend running your FixMeStick to make sure nothing’s lurking on your computer. Or, if you’d like to double down on your protection, try out the StartMeStick – a fast, private, and secure operating system contained within a portable USB.
Those are the answers for our computer security quiz! Hopefully this cleared up any confusion you may have been having regarding your computer’s security – but if there’s still anything you’re unsure about, feel free to reach out to us in the comments below!