The Cablegate leaks leave us thinking how much of information on the internet, how much of our personal records store in various databases is really secure. Large powerful organizations now have various resources continuously feeding them information from their database. So no matter where you login to the internet from and no matter which website you login to, you are leaving traces that are picked up by organizations all over the world. The Cablegate leaks come as an eye opener to make us rethink before providing any personal information on the internet.
Even if you are careful about not providing your personal information on the websites or trust safe sites like the HB Swiss, your computer would still give you away. With some basic tidbits of information like the IP address of your computer, the location from where you are browsing etc, hackers can easily gain access to your computer and thus your data. There are even malware that can be leaked to your computer to continuously transfer data from your computer to the other party trying to gather information. Here are few ways to make your computer hack-proof- if not wholly, at least to some extent.
Update the operating system
Having an outdated operating system would put your computer at a greater risk of hacking. The new releases and the updates that are regularly released by the operating system providers like Microsoft are mainly to address any security issue encountered. These would also fix minor bugs that might lead to vulnerability. Hackers target your computer by focusing on the weakest link. They look for the vulnerabilities in the operating system and target the computers that still have them. Regularly updating your operating system would make sure that you steer clear of such issues.
The default firewall of your computer might be good at handling some basic threats. But now with the advent of sophisticated hacking systems, you need more than just the default firewall. There are high-end firewalls that can be downloaded to address this concern. These firewall software can add an additional protective layer to shield your computer and thus protect it from hacker networks from tracing the information of your computer. If you are looking for something even more secure, say for a business setup, there are also hardware firewalls. These are physical devices that act as firewalls and protect your network of computers.
Antivirus software help
Antivirus software is not just for virus protection. Look for a quality antivirus software that also offers malware protection and internet browsing security. These would ensure that there is no malware leaking into your computer and leaking information out of the computer. These would also help in warning you about malicious sites and prevent you from entering these. These sites would collect your information including the browsing information and the computer information. This would suffice for a hacker to gain access to your computer and take control.
Besides the above measures, also ensure that you have strong passwords and choose two-step authentication wherever applicable. Also, avoid clicking on any suspicious links that you receive in emails or those flashy ads that sometimes pop up on random sites.