From the day you own a PC and connected to the internet, you can consider yourself a target for phishing and hacking attempts.

But this doesn’t mean that you will have to purchase a premium security suite but instead put together a DIY version as well as do other things that costs nothing instead.

With that said, here are 3 ways by which you can boost your PC’s security:

#1: Obtain a good antivirus program

Among a slew of free antivirus programs that are offered over the internet, the best of the lot includes AVG, which has only gotten fast and secure over the years. It will not only prevent malicious downloads they happens but also remove malware from your system too. Please be advised that AVG will try hard to get you to purchase a premium version. Windows Defender is another option too.

#2: Firewall Your Computer

Firewalls will block hackers from getting into your system. Two options include ZoneAlarm Free Firewall or the default Windows Firewall. The only difference between the two is that the latter only detect inbound penetration attempts but is less demanding when it comes to resources. While Windows Firewall works for most users, it’s a good idea to use ZoneAlarm Free Firewall as some outbound connections can pose a threat to your system.

#3: Strengthen Browser Security

While most browsers are good at detecting sites that deal with malware, they aren’t able to identify phishing scams. You can use plug-ins such as Web of Trust and McAfee SiteAdvisor in order to assess the threat level of a website. That said, switch to Google Chrome, which is the safest browser around.