The Internet can be a dangerous place for your PC if you don’t protect it correctly. Every kind of trap imaginable waits to snare the unwary or the uninformed. Don’t let that deter you though, there are ways you can mitigate risk by taking a few simple steps to protect yourself. We’ll run through a few more here that you can do yourself. If you missed part one check it out here.
Most users understand their computer needs some kind of anti-virus. Mac users are excluded from this list; currently the built-in security systems in OS X have it covered however that may change in the future. Not all anti-virus programs are created equal however and many users fall prey to preventable problems when they think they’re protected. Many “free” anti-virus programs do not provide proactive protection from viruses, malware and PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) they only run period or on-demand scans to check for these types of software. The damage could already be done by the time the scanner runs and it’s too late.
Get a good, recommended anti-malware solution. There are many available and most share a pool of definitions which are constantly updated to provide their users with the best protection. The best ones provide a transparent and seamless experience such that you never know they’re even running unless they are currently fighting and infection. We recommend Emsisoft. If you need a copy and are currently a member give us a call today and we can provide you with a copy of the software at a special member discount.
Many novice users are unaware of how to complete regular maintenance and still other more advanced users simply neglect it. The same way your car requires regular maintenance so does your computer, Mac or PC. Certain things occasionally need to be dusted off and repaired, this is especially true with Windows.
You’ve got too many password. Everyone does. Unfortunately some of those passwords actually matter. Bank accounts, social media and other personal information are often protected with passwords. When you forget a password it can be a pain and if you password is stolen it can be a nightmare. This is especially true if you use the SAME PASSWORD for everything! This is a common mistake many users make since they struggle to remember and organize all their passwords.
Use a password manager. This simple system keeps your passwords memorized and secured with only one password. That’s right! You only have to remember one password now! Password managers allow you to have a unique and secure password for each of your online logins. This means that even if one of those passwords is compromised it doesn’t put everything else at risk! In addition most password managers have plugins for popular browsers that auto-complete your passwords and personal information for you. No more typing the same thing over and over! As an added bonus the password manager is cross platform and cloud enabled so all of your devices, regardless of platform will always have your passwords for you everywhere you go!
We recommend Dashlane as the best password manager for Mac, PC, iOS and Android.