Good News / Bad News of Computer Security from a Keen Non-Techie.

Written by Diane M Hoffmann

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But, enough ofrepparttar bad news…

Now forrepparttar 150914 Good News:

You can protect yourself. And you can check out your computer for vulnerability levels.

All you need is to spend some time getting familiar with whatrepparttar 150915 weaknesses are and how you can protect your computer against them.

For a non-technical person like myself, what that means is of course researching and getting information from people who do know what they’re talking about. And that’srepparttar 150916 hard part: to come across someone you can trust.

That’s what I did. And I was blessed to come across a product that tells and shows how to keep hackers, worms and other germs out of your PC, and how to set up a high level of security against unwanted invasions.

What I did learn inrepparttar 150917 first instance is that you can go to a web site that will give you free tools to test your computer. That’srepparttar 150918 first thing you need to do. Well, to my surprise, I found that my security system was pretty good. So that gave me peace of mind.

And I found thatrepparttar 150919 reason for this was that I had both a router box and an anti-virus product installed. Each has certain protective characteristics that together make your computer safer.

And with my continuous research, I'm also finding other areas for improvement that keep adding to my arsenal of knowledge.

So I’m off to read some more about PC security.

Diane M. Hoffmann owns which provides information and tools on starting and operating an Internet Business, and which offers the product referred to in this article on How to Protect Your Computer, Boost its Speed, Multiply its Performance and Get Rid of Annoyances That Plague Your PC Sessions. To read about this important book, just browse to .

Dealing with Digital Disease

Written by Dechen Lau

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• Visiting ad-heavy sites If you visit a site and you’re immediately bombarded with pop-up ads, leave immediately. You might click on an ad that activates an automatic download of malicious software to your computer.

Here is a list of activities which you should be doing instead:

• Invest in good antivirus software. Going online withoutrepparttar protection of antivirus software is like going out naked inrepparttar 150318 snow. That’s just how vulnerable an unprotected computer is.

• Most antivirus software packages include an internet security program (also known as firewall). A firewall acts as a barricade between you and unwanted content fromrepparttar 150319 internet. When buying antivirus software, it’s better to shell out forrepparttar 150320 internet security as well.

• Once antivirus software is installed in your computer, keep it updated always so it can recognize and remove newly released viruses.

• Whatever browser you are using, check that its security settings are all in default unless you really know what you are doing.

• Periodically delete files that you no longer use.

• Download spyware- and adware-removal tools and run them at least once a week. Be warned that many of these removal programs are a scam, so make sure that what you download is reliable. You can easily search for product reviews to check ifrepparttar 150321 program is legitimate or otherwise.

• Back up all your important files allrepparttar 150322 time.

• If possible, have two computers at home. One will be used to connect torepparttar 150323 internet, andrepparttar 150324 other should not be connected at all. The second computer will act as storage of all your important files so that even ifrepparttar 150325 first one crashes, your life won’t be in ruins.

Don’t be dependent on removal tools and antivirus software packages, though. A bit of prevention is always worth a megabyte of cure.

Dechen Lau., is an Author, Speaker and Consultant, specializing in Internet Marketing and Website Solution. ezine: emailto:

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