I once again find it disturbingly necessary to inform others what should by now be common sense. I am talking abut keeping your computer free of things known as worms, viruses, malware, spyware and all their ilk. it is so simple it is a wonder why so many people i run into are complete idiots about this. So here are the basics
1. Practice Safe Browsing and Downloading: This is fairly simple but something people do poorly at. I know we all want to see free midget robot monkey porn but such sites that advertise that are likely to be of dubious reputation and you should not go there. also sites that say hey you need to download and install this in order view our content with this special *insert obscure or nonexistent name here* codec! GET THE **** AWAY FROM THERE! Even if you have to power down the computer DO IT!! exceptions: if your browser itself is asking for quicktime or adobe flashplayer. Remember:
God I am going to be using that a lot aren't I?
2. Ditch Internet Explorer: Internet explorer is only good at 2 things; getting windows updates(pre-windows vista) and downloading an alternate web browser. For this i would personally go for Mozilla Firefox. Firefox is stable, HTML W3C compliant, more richly featured and easily adaptable with plugins. Did i mention it is free and works on the big 3?, windows mac and linux. Also it does not have all the security holes and flaws found in IE. If you do not want this then a runner up would be Google Chrome.
3. Encrypt Sensitive Files: Mortgage Documents, Social Security Numbers, Bank Account Information, Credit Cars none of these should be stored on your computer without encrypting them. These are what have made black hat hacking, viruses, and the like so popular these days, To steal your money and **** you up for a laugh. For this I recommend the free versatile and open source program TrueCrypt. Ok I'll admit this program is a little hard to use at first and even i haven't figured out how to fully use it but when someone who wants to know your sensitive documents you will thank this program. its default of the Advanced Encryption Standard means 256 bits of processor kicking bad assery. current estimates to break into files encrypted by this are months at the earliest and at a usual years.
4. Get rid of MacAfee and Norton:* these programs are more bloat-ware than anything. Incompetent at removal vague at detection and false positiving the hell out of legitimate programs. Not only that they are subscription only services. if you want an annual subscription. Personally I am a cheap bastard so i go with the free services provided by AVG. In my experience they can handle most **** that your computer might accidentally pick up through your bad habits. Another that has been recommended to me but i have not tried is Microsoft Security Essentials.
5. Beware Impostors!: Yes there are impostor programs and websites out there. impostors sites you usually come across with a mistyped URL but there are those sites which say they are scanning your computer and say have found a bagillion infections. these are lies aimed at getting you spend hard earned currency on a bloatware that does not work or is in fact spyware itself. Remember
over the past several years i have been confronted by programs claiming to be antivrus programs saying i have a baglillion infections on my system but could only could be removed by buying the program. these are bull**** and one is particularly notorious for trying to claim it was made by microsoft. Remember when in doubt
6. Use a God Damned Firewall:* The firewall packaged with windows is a piece of **** and more annoying than its worth. to this end to keep others from intruding into your system or keep certain others/programs from communicating with the outside world use a firewall program. My personal favorites are COMODO and ZoneAlarm. Both are free and fairly easy to use. Note these programs tend to Freak Out if you use HotSpot Shield.
Finally: I am at an end for now with my rant energy reserves being nearly all tapped out. I hope you DID NOT find this all that informative since it should be crap you know already. Still if you gained something out it your welcome and have a nice day.
*A note of 4 and 6 many will complain that they will reduce computer performance since they run in the background all the time. That is true to an extent Anti viruses will consume a large amount of resources during a scan but otherwise not that much. firewalls are typically minimal. If you still want to hold to that argument then Get the **** off the Internet or get a new computer since yours is probably to old to be worth its weight in scrap since it probably can't do any modern day computing.
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