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4 Quick Tips to Keep Your PCs Secure

Security threats such as malicious software (malware) and phishing emails are becoming a growing concern worldwide. If you don’t protect yourself against them, you might be putting your personal data, financial information and more at risk. Here are a few quick steps you can immediately take to better protect your PC from the latest threats1.

#1 Secure Passwords

Use stronger passwords

Here’s a stat that should alarm you: 90 percent of user-generated passwords are predicted to be hackable2. A quick fix would be to create unique, highly memorable passwords and avoid reusing the same passwords for multiple accounts. You should also get in the habit of changing your passwords at least every 90 days.

Easier said than done, you say? Good news is that you can make use of a password manager to generate new and effective passwords on your behalf, and help you remember the passwords too. Yes, it’s that simple.

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#2 Identity Protection

Put multi-factor authentication in place

With hackers getting more sophisticated, protecting your online identity now requires more than a user name and password. The solution? Multi-factor authentication, to add an extra step or factor to your basic password log-in to help make your online accounts more secure. An example would be the use of biometric factors such as fingerprint recognition to access a computer after entering your password.

If you’re looking for a new device, consider buying one with the latest authentication solutions. For instance, Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT) helps reduce the risk of identity theft by linking your physical computers to each Intel® IPT enabled online account that you use.7

You are your password with True Key

The True Key app from Intel Security can recognize your face or fingerprint and sign you in without the hassle of passwords — across all your devices4. Want more security? You can choose to add multiple ways of signing in to make your profile stronger.7

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Biometric Authentication via Windows® 10

Windows Hello*5, a new biometric authentication feature supported by the Intel® RealSense™ Camera6, now allows you to access your Windows 10 devices and supported apps without a password.

Windows Hello with Intel RealSense camera

#3 Security Patches

Keep your operating system updated

Hackers are always looking to find new ways to break into PCs. That’s why the makers of operating systems (OS) like Windows* are constantly updating their OS with patches. By installing the latest updates to your OS as often as possible, you can help minimize risk of attacks using known security vulnerabilities that have already been patched. It is worthwhile to consider setting up an update schedule on a frequent basis, and to set up the latest antivirus software on your system for added peace of mind.7

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#4 Exercise Vigilance

Vigilance is the best defense

When it comes to PC security, it’s always better to stay on the safe side and refrain from opening or downloading any email attachments from senders you do not recognize. And make sure that the files you're downloading has been verified by your antivirus software.

Let’s be honest: no security measure can be absolutely foolproof. But if a virus infects your files, you can at least replace them with your backup copy. Backups are usually stored on another medium like an external hard drive. This prevents the same virus or security threat from destroying all your data. It's recommended to perform a backup of your most important files frequently.

Security that’s built-in to keep you safer

Did you know that PCs powered by Intel® Core™ processors are equipped with Intel® Identity Protection Technology?7 Check out the latest devices with built-in security features at our shop now.

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1. No computer system can be absolutely secure.

2. Deloitte TMT Technology Predictions 2013, http://www2.deloitte.com/za/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/tmt-technology-predictions-2013-end-of-strong-passwords.html.

3. This is not a guarantee of the security of your password. Please use it for reference only. This is not a replacement for professional security products. It is intended to educate on the weakest of passwords—not highly analyze strong passwords.

4. Intel makes no representation nor warranties regarding the applications (“apps”) mentioned in this article. User should consult other information in evaluating whether to purchase or use these apps.

5. Available only on Windows® 10 devices.

6. Requires an enabled device and may require software or other 3rd party applications to provide the described features. Performance varies depending on system configuration. Some or all of the features may be unavailable or under development in your market. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Consult your retailer or learn more at www.intel.com/realsense.

7. Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at intel.com.