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Some security tips

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Security is such a major issue these days, with all the spyware and malware lurking on the Internet; not to mention the nastiest viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits,  etc.

There are so many threats for our digital security. What can one do to protect themselves?

Well, there are a some things we can do as users:

  • First and foremost, develop safe browsing practices. Which means,  be mindful what websites you visit, what links you click on, what files you are downloading, and so on.
  • Next, no matter what kind of computer you have, turn on Automatic Updates for your OS ( operating system),Windows, Mac, Linux,  iOS and Android, regardless of brand or device. Android devices can get free antivirus on their smartphones and tablets from the Android Store, now called Google Play Store. Popular ones are AVG and Lookout Mobile Security.
  • Make sure you have antivirus software installed on your device and keep it up to date. Some free resources: AVG FREE , SuperAntySpyware, etc more can be found at Filehippo.com .
  • Do not open attachments in emails that have been forwarded by more than 1 or 2 people, and even then, be wary; make sure the message comes from someone you know.
  • Do not share your password with anyone, unless you know for a fact who they are.
  • Speaking of passwords, try to make them as complicated as you can, so that the bad guys have a very hard time guessing them.

These are a few of the things that come to mind when talking about security on our devices.

Use common sense, stay updated, and don’t click YES on something you don’t know what it means. Google it first or ask someone who knows.


A few Computer Tips

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Hi again,

I thought I’d share a few tips for a better computing experience:

  1. Make sure your PC case is located in an area with good air flow.  Enclosed spaces can restrict air flow, thus inhibiting the cooling process.
  2. Two or three times a year, open the PC case and by using a can of compressed air, blow the dust out of the case. Overheating is one of the most common reason why PC components fail. Overheating PC’s also run slower, so make sure your computer case is clean of dust and other debris.
  3. Keep your OS (operating system) up to date by either enabling Windows Automatic Updates from the control panel, or by downloading the updates manually and installing them. Microsoft releases new updates every week, and every Tuesday ( also known as update Tuesday) new updates are available for Windows OS’s.
  4. Keep your security software up to date; most anti-virus programs run silently in the background, downloading updates every day, mostly for their virus database. Some standalone anti-spyware and anti-malware applications need to be updated manually.
  5. Keep your files organized, by either using the system built in the OS, like My Documents, My Pictures, etc.,  or by creating your own filling system. That way you will know where everything is when you need it.
  6. Back-up, back-up, back-up; there are a number of ways to do that, and the simplest is to copy your files on an external storage device.
  7. Export your contacts, messages and favorites/bookmarks to .csv /.html files, and save them online or on an external storage device. That way, in case of system failure, you have your latest data when you need it.
  8. Periodically do some housekeeping tasks, like running the clean-up tool built in the OS.
  9. Even if you don’t think that your PC needs to be turned off when you’re done using it for the day, it is always a good idea to at least restart the computer. By turning the PC off, it will also consume less power, and allow the hardware components some much needed rest.
  10. Always practice safe surfing, which means that when you go online, visiting web pages, DO NOT CLICK/DOWNLOAD randomly; make sure you know what it is you are clicking on; a Google search always yields results that have information about a certain website, link, etc.(or ask a professional PC technician).

Well, these wold some tips to get you on your way to a better and safer experience when using PC’s.

Any questions will be answered appropriately.