First, if you're a single home user, there's not much to worry about a foreign country attacking you specifically.. That said, there are a number of scammers on the internet, from foreign countries, which DO have a potential to effect you. Hacked websites, email spam, malware scams, etc. can effect you directly. I've put just a few things to do and watch out for below. Others in these forums may have other ideas.:
1. Install an antivirus/antispyware program on your computer. If you're connected with other computers on a network, enable a firewall on your computer to avoid infection from other machines on the network... and keep your protection programs current.. Know what they do and how they work. If you're using a router, enable that firewall also.
2. Keep your version of Windows current by installing Windows Updates and Service Packs as they become available.
3. Be sure, when you're on the internet, to NOT click on everything you see. Don't visit dodgy sites and don't use cracked software.. And if a popup appears, don't "Click Here" like it says.. and that includes popups that say your computer is infected..
4. Don't use P2P software sharing programs as they are a major method for spreading malware.
5. Don't open attachments in your email unless you're POSITIVE it's a safe attachment.. One of the most common ways of infection is an attachment in an email from a friend or relative.. Their computers can be infected too.
6. Remember, there is NO free lunch.. If you receive something that looks too good to be true, avoid it like the plague.. It's how the Nigerian scams go started..
Hope this helps.
So much in the news about foreign cyber attacks!
Exactly what can we do to protect ourselves??
Please use very "simple" terms....thanks!!