With the news that hackers have gained access to the Twitter account of the US military, there have been the inevitable warnings about password protection and protecting your computer.
There is plenty of advice available about how to make your password difficult to hack. For example, you should change your password every three months or so, and you should avoid using obvious passwords such as family names or dates of birth. You should not use the same password for all your accounts – particularly accounts where security is paramount such as online banking – and the more you can mix up lower- and upper-case letters and numbers in your password, the more secure it is likely to be.
Obviously, security is an issue if your password is hacked, and nor do you want the hacker sending rude or threatening messages to your contacts (particularly if you are a member of the US military). There is also the danger of a hacker accessing your computer and infecting it with a virus, causing you major technical problems.
Thankfully, there are plenty of programs available to minimise the risk of suffering at the hands of a hacker. Up-to-date versions of Windows will have a firewall and antivirus protection already installed, but these are very much of a minimum standard. Many programs are available as free downloads, but to get more reliable firewall and antivirus protection you will have to put your hand in your pocket.
Norton Internet Security 2015 is regarded as one of the best products on the market currently. It’s compatible with Windows and can be installed on up to three PCs. Its features include a firewall, antivirus and phishing protection, anti-spam and parental controls. Another good protector is Bitdefender Total Security 2015. Its list of protection features is long, including all the essentials and many more.
For everything from password and log-in protection to antivirus, anti-phishing and firewall features, you could try Webroot SecurityAnywhere Internet Security Complete. It covers your smartphone and tablet too.