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Quick Tips For Securing Your Computer System

Jul 26, 2008
As technology has advanced more and more people have become computer savvy. While some use computers only for emails and games many are using their computers for everything from communication to online banking and investing to shopping. Security of our computers has now become a huge problem as well an enormous market potential. Learn how to secure your computer today and you will rest easier tonight.

It seems there are hackers, crackers, spies, and viruses at every turn. Some only want to learn about your personal preferences in order that they can possibly sell something to you in the future, but others may want to phish your personal information and identity for resale. Still others simply just want to use your computer as a platform to be used to attack other unsuspecting targets. Below you will find a few tips and easy, free, or low-cost steps you can take to help secure your computer.

1. The golden rule of computers is to have backup copies of all important information stored in a safe place; that safe place must be separate from your computer. This includes passwords, usernames, etc.
2. Update and patch your operating system, web browser and software frequently. If you have a Windows operating system, start by going to www.Updates-Free.com and click the download button. This program, ErrorSmart will scan your computer system, detect and correct problems like spyware infections, failed, stalled or interrupted installations, and your PC performance can be improved by as much as 70%.
3. A good firewall is essential in protection from viruses, worms, Trojans, malware and adware. Without a firewall all of those culprits can easily access your computer from the Internet. Careful research should be done prior to the selection of your firewall as some are better than others.
4. Check out your browser settings. I suggest that you set the Internet Zone to High and Your Trusted Sites to Medium.
5. You definitely need an anti-virus software. Again, you will need to do some research. Some of these programs only filter some viruses. Be sure to set your software for automatic updates so you will always have the most current version available.
6. Use filters on your email settings. Do not open mail from unknown addresses or senders. Viruses may be attached.
7. You know the cute little poems, jokes and stories that peoples send from computer to computer? Oftentimes they contain a Trojan horse waiting to infect a computer. Do not be a part of that. Avoid opening those if possible and definitely do not forward them.
8. The Windows systems is automatically designed to hide file extensions for known file types. You should disable the hidden filename extensions. Disable hidden filename extensions. This will enable you to be more likely to see any unusual file extensions that do not belong.
9. This will probably sound strange to you and I admit, I do not always practice this one myself; it is wise to turn off your computer and disconnect from the network when not using it. Your computer would be hacker safe during that time period.
10. This could be your life saver some day, make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised by a malicious program. Computers crash all the time. Viruses are rampant. Do not be caught off guard! Take this step now and you will be prepared if that dreaded incident ever occurs!

With those ten quick tips you should be well on your way to a more secure computer. Protect your computer and the information you have stored there. Your identity and much more is at stake!
About the Author
Want to know if your computer is infected? Scan your PC for free by following this link: http://www.FitInsidenOut.com/PCProtect.html

Debbie Allen is a writer, internet marketer (visit: http://www.InternetDivaDeb.com) and personal coach.
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