Back Up Your Data or Lose Your Life!

Written by Demetria Zinga

Ohrepparttar perils of collecting those precious photos on your PC for years, only to have your hard drive crash one day, and not have made a SINGLE BACKUP COPY of any of your priceless pictures. Well, now isrepparttar 147860 time to backup your hard drive. A few simple steps will set you on your way…so let’s not think about it anymore: let’s DO it.

There are several ways you can backup your PC data. 1.)CD’s and DVD’s are one ofrepparttar 147861 simplest ways to go. It’s a very simple process to pop in a CD-ROM and burn a copy of your important information, but there’s a catch: you’ll have to be disciplined enough to do this on a regular basis. You’ll also have to burn new CD’s weekly in order to keep up withrepparttar 147862 new information you’ve just stored on your PC forrepparttar 147863 past week and this can get rather expensive as you go out to buy new CD-ROMS every month. So there are other solutions… 2.)Another way to go, is to purchase an external hard drive. You can drag and rop all of our new data onto your hard drive and it will replacerepparttar 147864 old data. This way you don’t have to burn new CD’s or DVD’s for each backup. However, you still have to be disciplined enough to remember to do this each week…so there is yet another solution. 3.)If you have Windows XP Professional, you can use what is called Microsoft Backup, a utility that lets you create backups of data that you choose and be able to run these backups on schedule. The only disadvantage to using Microsoft Backup is that you must use your backups withrepparttar 147865 same operating system. For example, if your Windows ME hard drive crashed, you couldn’t use a backup you created there in Windows XP.

Dealing with Digital Disease

Written by Sean Felker

A virus is a program that replicates itself. It cannot exist on its own so it attaches to another program, usually an executable one.

A worm is like a virus—it also replicates itself. However, it can stand on its own and does not need another program to run.

It usually infects your computer’s networking features, which includes its internet connection.

Spyware and adware go hand-in-hand. Spyware is a kind of program which gathers information, specifically browsing habits. It tracks down what kind of sites you visit, andrepparttar adware will generate ads that fit with your interest whichrepparttar 147775 spyware based on information it gathered inrepparttar 147776 first place.

Malware is malicious software. It’s any program that is useless, or worse, destructive.

A Trojan a program pretending to be good but once it’s deep in your system it proves to be quiterepparttar 147777 opposite

In spite of all their differences, they have one thing in common: they are out to give you headaches by rendering your computer unusable

To protect your computer as much as possible from being infected, here are four dangerous activities that you should avoid, or at least minimize

Opening email attachments: Do not open any email attachments if they aren’t scanned by antivirus software. Worms can spread through email, so even a friend can unwittingly send you one by way of an attachment.

Internet File-sharing In file-sharing viarepparttar 147778 internet, your computer is exposed and open to others it is communicating with. If other computers’ files can be transferred to yours,repparttar 147779 same thing can be said about a virus, ifrepparttar 147780 others are infected.

Downloading free software of questionable origins. Free software is free for a reason.

If you bothered to readrepparttar 147781 End User License Agreement (EULA) of a software you are installing—which you probably didn’t—you most likely will come upon a short and tiny clause saying that if you agree torepparttar 147782 terms, you are allowing advertisements to pop up on your screen, or other software to be installed in your system.

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