Hackers are always on the lookout for vulnerable devices to gain access to. If you want to protect your computer, here are 10 ways that are easy to understand for the ordinary folk.

A hacker

1. Use complex passwords

Use a combination of lower and upper case letters, numbers, and symbols.

2. Phishing emails is an old scam but people are still falling for it

If you receive a suspicious email from a company asking you to click on a link to log into your account to confirm details, do not click on the link.

If you do have an account with that company and you think the email is not from a hacker, you should still not click on the link. Instead, type the company's web address and log in directly from there.

3. Keep your Operating System up-to-date

Hackers are always finding ways to get through Windows' security features which is why Microsoft is always releasing new updates.

4. Before you go to bed, disconnect your computer and devices from the internet

Do this also whenever you are not using the internet. This will reduce the chances of an hacker trying to gain access to your devices.

5. Adjust your browser's security settings

For example, you can make it so that web sites you don't trust do not track your movements.

6. Install a firewall

This protects your computer from any malicious program trying to get into your system.

7. Avoid computer viruses by not opening email attachments from people you do not know

An email that looks like spam is most likely spam. You should avoid opening the attachments there because it could contain a virus.

8. Do not store your personal information in the cloud

Most cloud storage companies do not offer encryption. If their system gets hacked, your personal information could get into the wrong hands.

9. Install antivirus and anti-spyware software

Every computer probably has these installed by now so make sure they are up to date.

They don't always protect your clipboard though, which may store valuable data such as passwords.

10. Use multiple passwords

  1. Use multiple passwords for your social and online accounts. It may be inconvenient, but convenience is usually what leads to less security.