Backing Up Your Stuff Part 1: The Problem

Written by Richard Lowe

I don't know about your, but I depend upon my computer system daily to help me survive and prosper. I keep everything there:

- My daily journals - My writing - Letters and memos - Documents for personal and work issues - FAXes - My photo album (over 10,000 photos) - Graphics art that I've produced

In addition, if you are anything like me, overrepparttar years you've downloaded thousands of different things offrepparttar 132089 internet. You may also have installed some files from CDs and floppy disks, as well as receiving numerous files via email. Some of these downloads include such wondrous things as:

- Paint Shop Pro tubes, brushes - Photoshop filters - desktop themes - outlook stationary - Screensavers - Wallpaper - ICQ skins and sounds - Fonts - Sounds - Videos - Innumerable other things

In fact, this is one ofrepparttar 132090 activities that makesrepparttar 132091 internet so enjoyable - being able to download and install new features, plug-ins and cool stuff as often as you can.

These files tend to take up massive amounts of space on your hard drives. On my system, my outlook stationary alone requires over 150 megabytes, my desktop themes are getting close to a gigabyte and I have over 200 megabytes of Paint Shop Pro tubes.

This phenomenon is made even worse because most people (myself included) never throw anything away. I have kept just about everything that I've ever put on my computer, until today I have over 100 gigabytes of lord knows what!

Add to that yet another issue: many of us store files on remote systems. Many people use their free hosts editing tools to create and modify their web site files directly onrepparttar 132092 internet. The files are never downloaded to their author's hard drive. For example, I receive at least a couple of emails each week from someone asking how they back uprepparttar 132093 files on Geocities or MSN or any number of other hosts.

Keeping Your Internet Business Safe From Hackers

Written by Said Rouhani

If you owned a restaurant, you'd lockrepparttar doors after closing, right?

If you owned a nightclub you'd hire bouncers to keep rowdy people out, right?

You'd be surprised how many Internet business owners fail to keeprepparttar 132088 gates closed tight... many are just begging forrepparttar 132089 hackers and viruses to strike with an attitude of apathy about security.

We're talking security in this week's article. I'll share with you some ofrepparttar 132090 quick and easy strategies I use to keep hackers and other undesirables away from my precious computer, which after all is where my business is located.

Gotta keep it safe, sound and secure.

1. Get an anti-virus software. This is an absolute MUST. Withrepparttar 132091 virtually overnight global spread of computer viruses due torepparttar 132092 ever increasing use of email, viruses are onrepparttar 132093 rampant. Arm yourself with an antivirus package that you can update regularly for new virus definitions, to remain protected againstrepparttar 132094 latest threats. There's a free antivirus package called InoculateIt that many people recommend:

2. Be paranoid of email attachments. Even with a cutting edge antivirus package, a virus might get through. Do not open attachments with suspicious looking extensions (no matter who they're from). Absolutely stay away from .exe and ..vb files, as these can be very malicious. In fact, disable these files via your email software (check outrepparttar 132095 help file if need be).

3. Install a firewall on your computer. A firewall software is a program that basically blocks outside access to your computer. Without a firewall you leave your computer wide open to hacker attacks... who can then gain total control over your computer and all your files. Could get very nasty. Do not spend another moment onrepparttar 132096 Internet without a firewall. It's easy to install and takes no time to get running. Here's a good firewall software:

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