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Computer Security and Backup

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Information about Computer Security and Options and tips for backing up your important information

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Computer Security and Backup

  1. 1. ==== ====For more information about computer security and backup go to:www.FIX-MY-COMPUTER-PROBLEMS.COM==== ====Computers began making their way into North American homes in the late 1970s to early 1980s. Istill remember the first computer I ever saw. It was a Commodore 64.I can recall the day in 1982, I believe it was, when my friend Bob walked through the door with hisbrand new Commodore 64 tucked under his arm. He was proud as a peacock. His wife wasnt. Weplayed with that gizmo for hours and still hadnt scratched the surface of what it could do.Those were the days when computers were toys. Very few homes had them and no one had toworry about hackers, viruses, malware, cookies and the like as we do today. Heck, we hadnt evenheard of such terms.In such a short time, computers have evolved from mere toys and sources of entertainment intoeveryday necessities for most people. In less than 25 years, computers have become such anintegral part of todays business world and private life that we would be hard pressed to survivewithout them.Of course, anything so vital will always be the target of unscrupulous cyber vandals. Online crimeshave become a major concern for law enforcement and the general public needs to give highpriority to keeping criminals at bay. Hence the need for various types of computer security thathelps keep our computers safe from harm.Every computer owner must adapt some program of cyber security or they wont be online verylong at all. And the threat is not limited to viruses and trojans that infect your system. Onlinecriminals also want access to your computer. They want any piece of information that can helpthem steal your identity. They look for anything that can provide valuable financial information.You as a computer owner do not have to sit by and see these kinds of criminal activities spoil yourcomputing experiences. There are many things you can do yourself that will add security to yourcomputer. Lets summarize just a few of them...1) Install Good Anti-virus Software.This is a must today. You should never access the internet or your email without active, up-to-dateanti-virus program. Keep in mind, however, that new viruses are surfacing daily and it is a hugetask for anti-virus programs to keep up with it all. It is vital that you keep your anti-virus softwareupdated regularly in order for it to recognize any new man-made virus that may have beenintroduced.Anti-virus programs are relatively inexpensive when you consider the alternative cost of having to
  2. 2. clean up an unnecessary mess or replace a hard drive. There are even free anti-virus programsyou can download. Some are just as good as some paid computer security products.2) Have Proper Firewalls Installed.To understand firewalls, think of your home, especially if it is fairly new or newly renovated.Building codes today call for installation of special drywall called a firewall. These firewalls areinstalled in case of fire and this type of wall board keeps the fire from spreading from one room toanother, at least until help arrives.Firewalls in your computer are much the same. They are defensive fortifications built into yoursystem to help halt the spread of any virus or trojan that may have been introduced into yoursystem. These firewalls filter unauthorized data from elsewhere, mostly the internet, while allowingauthorized or good data to enter your computer.3) Be Careful With EmailsMany viruses enter your computer via your email. Make sure you establish some hard, fast rulesabout incoming email. For instance, be extra careful about opening emails from anyone you do notknow, and never under any circumstances open any attachments to those emails. Often an emailgives the recipient a message of urgency for opening the attachment. Be wary.4) Be Creative With PasswordsThe passwords you choose, whether for your email, membership sites, web host Cpanel, etc.,need to be more than simple. Never use any personal information like telephone number, streetaddress, banking PIN, etc. The reasons are quite obvious.Hackers are quite good at breaking passwords so you need to be creative and adhere to a fewrules when creating them. Think of them as keys that unlock a cabinet. Almost any key can beduplicated and used for criminal purposes. This is what hackers do. But there are steps you cantake to minimize that threat.a) Never share your password with anyone.b) Make all your passwords at least 8 characters in length.c) Make your passwords meaningless. The crazier, the better.d) Use a variety of letters (upper and lower case), numbers, symbols, special characters, etc. ineach password.e) Keep a list of every site on which you have a password and record the password for that site.f) Change your password regularly. It is ideal if you make the password changes all at the sametime. For example: Change passwords every 3 months, on the 1st day of the third month. Changeevery password at that time. This way, none are missed. Keep a record of every date you changedyour passwords. This keeps you from going too long without a change.5) Backup Your Computer Data RegularlyThis is one cardinal rule all experienced computer users adhere to. All backups must be done to aCD or DVD, or some other external device. The idea here is that if something happens to your
  3. 3. system or you lose your hard drive, you still have all your data elsewhere that can be reloaded intoyour computer.6) Never allow file sharing from your computer.This is one of the most dangerous practices you can allow. Keep all other parties out of yourcomputer.7) Disconnect From The InternetBy disconnecting from the internet when your computer is not in use, you make it impossible forothers to gain access to your system.8) Keep Abreast Of Security UpdatesThis is easy to do these days. You can do this by going to the site hosted by your securityprovider. They have tons of computer security news regarding current security issues. Many evenhave computer security courses you can take. This way you are well informed of the newesttactics of online criminals and are provided with ways and means of lessening the threat to yoursystem.Computer security is really up to you. Many take this issue far too lightly until the day all "H...."breaks loose. Then you are rushing around in confusion looking for someone to fix it all. The factis, most often no one needs to be in that kind of situation. With a good security system in placedand some personal diligence, you can avoid 99.9 per cent of these kinds of problems.To ensure your precious information is backed up securely, go here: http://bit.ly/backupsecurelyTo learn 5 secrets that computer experts dont want you to know (because they want to chargeyou exhorbitant rates to fix it) go to my blog: http://www.FIX-MY-COMPUTER-PROBLEMS.COMArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Jack_Kindred==== ====For more information about computer security and backup go to:www.FIX-MY-COMPUTER-PROBLEMS.COM==== ====

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