The bottom line is; Your home computer exposes your family to the world and poses threats to your privacy and potentially to your children’s psychological well-being and even safety.
Items such as financial records and personal business documents, family vacation photos, and videos may be stored on your Windows home PC, and all of those need to be well secured from the prying eyes of cybercriminals.
Some data may also need to be secured from within the family dynamic. These different angles need to be considered whether a family is sharing one PC or even when several PCs are in place within the home.
With a growing list of worm malware variants and other classes of malware being added to the mix with their respective malware variants growing in numbers and sophistication levels, securing your family PC is more important than ever.
Strong Anti-Malware Protection
The most prudent start on your journey to protect your home PC or PCs is to download a free trial of a comprehensive web security suite. The suite will provide real-time proactive threat protection from a myriad of mounting computer virus threats that exist or will exist in cyberspace.
Free trials typically span no more than a month. Still, in reality, if you test out the security suite with all of its respective features and options for around half an hour a day, you should already establish a very solid opinion in less than a week.
That opinion should be based on your user experience within the UI or user interface, overall experience, and your due diligence on the firm’s track record, customer testimonials, including reviews from unbiased, reliable online resources.
Once your opinion is robust enough for a final decision, and you want to keep using the given web security suite, the next super wise step is to purchase the full version for several years to ensure uninterrupted real-time proactive protection across all your PCs and other devices.
Separate Windows Accounts
The parents should have access to the admin account on Windows while creating limited accounts for their children and to be extra secure even for themselves. This means that the children will not be able to install malicious applications even if they want to.
Also, this will compartmentalize data, streamline, and automate personal data privacy and security for each family member respectively.
There are many kid-friendly browsers out there, such as kiddle. Under your kid’s windows account, ensure that this browser is the only one available for them to use.
Features such as Safe search and Kids-oriented results will not only play an essential part in your overall PC cyber security levels, it will also protect your child from adult, explicit and deceptive content.
Important Family Files
Windows 10 has many built-in capabilities to protect files such as private home videos and photos from external internet prying eyes and from within the family unit.
Windows file and folder permissions coupled with each member storing their private photos within their own respective Windows account is a great start. For files, folders, and even entire drives you want to strengthen privacy for, you may employ encryption privacy measures directly on Windows 10. You may upgrade to Windows 10 Pro edition, which has a built-in encryption tool called “The Encrypting File System,” or if you do not wish to upgrade from Windows Home edition, other third-party tools such as 7-zip may be used, which can also encrypt your files.