Here are 10 simple ways to protect and secure your data.
#10. Backup - hard disk fail, laptops are stolen, bad things happen. Never trust your computer, thumb-drive, or external hard disk. Data should be in two places at all times.
#9. Use Antivirus Software, and Keep it Updated - I recommend avast antivirus.
#8. Use Spyware Scanner, and Keep it Updated - I recommend Microsoft defender.
#7. Enable Windows firewall or use a third-party firewall - At the very least use the windows firewall or use Zonealarm.
#6. Install Updates and Patches - Enable automatic updates and don't forget to install optional updates and driver software.
#5. Protect User Accounts - Make sure all accounts are password protected and disable guest accounts.
#4. Keep all software up-to-date - Periodically update all non-ms software such as adobe, firefox, nero, or java.
#3. Use strong passwords - Passwords should be longer than 5 characters, contain capitals, lower-case letters, and numbers.
#2. Disable file and printer sharing - especially on public networks.
#1. Protect documents - Use encryption and or passwords to protect word docs, spreadsheets, databases, or pdf documents.