How to Keep Computer Safe?

Last Revised on February 12, 2008

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Modern day computer is changing every single day and it is really hard to keep track of every single new upgrade that is happening with the computers. But there are things that you can do to make your computer safe:

Install antivirus: Keep it up to date, run a regular scan, and let it check your incoming messages. Without this, your PC is virtually guaranteed to be infected.

Update antispyware: This may be bundled with your AV; keep it up to date and scan occasionally. It’s a good idea to install a couple of antispyware apps, such as Windows Defender (it comes with Vista) and Spy Sweeper.

Use strong passwords: A “strong” password mixes numbers and letters, and not in alphabetical or numerical sequence. Mix the case and throw in punctuation marks. Use an entire phrase if space allows; longer is better.

Use IE as a shield: Internet Explorer 7 comes with a Phishing Filter built in, but you have to turn it on via the Tools menu, where you can also report suspected phishing sites. IE6 users can install the Windows Live Toolbar and the Windows Live OneCare Advisor add-in to fight phishers.

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