The world of computing was very different twenty years ago. We had no idea what a “browser” or “email” were, let alone things like “the cloud”, “WiFi” and all the various other terms we use now when we talk about our digital lives. Even today, there are still many people who don’t understand what an antivirus is or why they need it. In 2023, it’s likely that most people will still be using PCs to browse the web and do their work—but how safe will these devices be?

Use Antivirus Software

The first step to securing your PC is using antivirus software. It’s a must-have for any computer user, and luckily it’s not as expensive as it used to be. There are lots of free antivirus programs available, so you don’t have to spend money on one if you don’t want to. However, I highly recommend finding one that works well with your operating system and has good reviews from other users.

I recommend Norton antivirus software for pc(for Windows) or Avast (for Mac). These are both reliable brands that provide protection against viruses, malware and other threats online or in email attachments. They also come with additional features such as parental controls and firewall protection–which is crucial for keeping hackers out!

Use A Firewall

  • A firewall is a piece of software that allows you to control which programs can access the internet and your computer’s network, and which ones cannot.
  • This is important because hackers often look for vulnerabilities in applications like web browsers and media players, which can allow them access to your personal information if you’re not using a firewall.
  • Some examples of common firewalls include Windows Firewall (included with Windows 10), Comodo Firewall Pro or Avast Free Antivirus 2019 antivirus program. You can also download free versions from AVG or McAfee’s Norton Security Deluxe edition software packages available online at these links: [AVG](https://www.*avg*.com/us-en/homepage) [McAffee](https://www.*mcafee.*com/)

Use An Ad Blocker

Ad blockers are free software that stops ads from loading on your computer. They can also be used to block other things, like tracking cookies and scripts that try to steal information from you or install malware on your computer.

Some ad blockers will work with any browser, but others only work with specific browsers (like Firefox). If you want one that works with Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, for example, check out uBlock Origin: https://github.com/chrisaljoudi/uBlock-Origin/.

Follow this advice to be safe online in 2023.

  • Use an antivirus program
  • Use a firewall
  • Use an ad blocker and/or tracker blocker
  • Use a password manager to create strong passwords for all your accounts, and use two-factor authentication (2FA) when available


We hope that this article has helped you understand the importance of security and how to protect yourself online. We know that some of these tips may seem like overkill, but if you follow them all–and especially if you use them together–you’ll be well-protected from cyber attacks in 2023!

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