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5 Computer Safety Tips & Tricks to Keep your PC Safe

Computer Safety Tips

Here is a fantastic article with 5 essential computer safety tips to keep your computer safe and protected from all of today's pesky threats.

The article from the San Francisco Luxury News does a great job of explaining what you need to do and which programs work well.

Computer Safety Tips

    No two ways about it: If you’re connected to the internet, your PC is at risk. You might not even know it, but hackers probably have access to the data on your computer if you’ve been lax with its security. And that’s just for starters. They could be reading your emails when you do, viewing your bank passwords when you type them out, and even mount hack attacks on internet servers through your machine — while you remain blissfully clueless.

    Thankfully, you don’t have to spend “protection money” to ensure that your computer is safe. Free software will do a fine job of keeping your machine safe from the evils of Cyberia.

    Get an antivirus
    When it comes to antivirus programs, the impression is that paid versions are always better. Not true. Paid anti-viruses have more features —- like sandboxing (to isolate the web browser) or anti-spam (to filter emails) -— but the detection engine for virus scanning and real-time protection is more or less similar across guardian software.

    Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE)

    Over the last couple of years, MSE has bloomed into a solid antivirus with an excellent detection rate. The virus scan is a little slow, but the fact that it is produced by the same company that makes Windows means it is very well integrated into the system. If you are looking for an antivirus that is easy to use and does its job without pestering you, give MSE a try. The only thing it requires from a user is a valid license for Windows.

    And a firewall Software firewall will not stop a skilled hacker, but it still plays an important role in securing your PC. A firewall gives you the power to decide which programs or services on your computer can access the internet, and in what way. To that effect, the free version of ZoneAlarm gets our nod as the firewall of choice.

    Source: San Francisco Luxury News

The article covers software needed, but it failes to mention a hardware solution. A hardware based router is one of the best ways to protect you from outside threats. It also provides you with an excellent hardware firewall. A few names that most consumers should recongise, Linksys (now Cisco), D-link, Netgear and many other routers would provide you will this type of additional protection.

I stand behind the software mentioned in the post. Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is one of the best, if not the best free anti virus and malware real time program available. 

I also consider Zone Alarm, one of the best and free firewall software's available. It has protected millions of Windows based computes for many years. I still stand behind having a hardware router to protect your pc's and network from other threats or malicious attacks.


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In this video, Mahalo's Windows expert Sean Hewitt discusses Microsoft Security Essentials.

Installing Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is Microsoft's program for preventing Malware, Spyware and viruses. If you don't already have this program installed and you are running any validated version of Windows 7, you can easily download it for free.  
Once at the site, click on the Download button to install.

Once it is installed, it will be located in the taskbar on the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. 
To open the program, double-click on it and you will be taken to the Security Essentials home screen. 

Running Microsoft Security Essentials

1. Once at the home screen, the first thing you want to do is get an update. Click on the Update tab.

2. The Update action will double-check against Microsoft's database to make sure that you have the most up-to-date virus definitions, which will give you the most protection possible. 

3. Click back to the Home tab and make sure that you run the full scan of your system the first time you launch this program. Click on Full for scan options and then click Scan now. This process could take a while, so you may want to step away from your computer for a bit. 

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