Lock Down Your Passwords
If someone gets into your accounts whether it's your email or bank account they could steal information, contacts, account numbers, make purchases, sell your information, your contacts, or hijack your email.
Here are some basic guidelines for a more secure password:
Education plays a major role in the human firewall, but you still need a hardware or software firewall. First, don't open suspicious emails, emails with subject lines that contain misspelled words, emails from someone you don't know, even some emails from those you do know. You need to be cautious because your friends could have been infected and their computer might have sent you an email, not them. For example: emails from the IRS. The Government doesn't generally send emails or even have your email address. You should just delete emails from people you do not know, because even just viewing them can cause Malware to run on your computer.
Don't visit websites that your unfamiliar with. You could use a website like www.virustotal.com to submit the URL of the website prior to visiting it.
Why Do I Need Antivirus Software?
Running your computer without antivirus is just asking for trouble. It's a necessity. Yes it may slow things down slightly, but you could potentially get hit with a virus within days of letting it expire or not having one installed. Keep your software up to date, both the program and the definitions. If you've been running the same version for several years its time to download the latest version. For example: don't run the 2009 version because the software companies have improved pieces of the program that can detect viruses that are not in the virus definitions that are released daily.
Security Updates, No Thanks
This is a common response, but it should not be overlooked. Updates play a role on how effective your antivirus software is too. You may have the latest version & still get infected because a security hole wasn't patched. We recommend installing these updates as soon as possible. Microsoft is not the only company, so be sure to install updates from the following as well: Adobe, Java, Firefox, Chrome and Safari etc. Software Manufacturers are constantly providing updates to their software. If you are in an environment with multiple PCs you may consider testing the updates first before installing them. Always have a good backup and/or create a system restore point prior to installing the updates just in case your system has a problem or something stops working after the updates.
If you have a Windows-based computer, you may have noticed a decline in your computer's performance since you bought it. It may freeze up suddenly, or it just could be acting a bit sluggish. Instead of buying a new system, first try these quick fixes. If these don't work, then it may be time for a new PC.
Solution #1: Run anti-virus and anti-spyware software
Solution #2: Buy more memory This is one of the quickest ways to instantly improve the performance of your computer. If you are on the fence of buying a new one, this is one of the last steps to try before the upgrade. Not sure what type of memory you need? This is a important step. You can determine the amount of memory by right clicking on your "Computer" or "My Computer" icon and then going to properties. Under the computer section you will see the memory/RAM listed. If you are running with 512MB or less then it's probably time to upgrade. Before you run out to purchase memory be sure to talk to your PCTechs to find out what type you need.
Solution #3: Clean up your hard drive This can be completed in several ways. The most overlooked is your Temp folder. Not your temporary Internet files although they should be deleted too. The Temp folder can be located by clicking on Start then clicking Run. Type in the following command %temp% and then click OK. Delete all of the files in this folder. Some will mention they are locked or are in use by the operating system, so you can sort them by date and deselect the ones from the last few days then try to delete the rest. Don't forget to empty your Recycle Bin when finished.
Solution #4: Defragment your hard drive This step is a common answer you may receive to improve performance but since the improvements of the NTFS file system provided in Windows XP you don't have to run the defragmentation tool nearly as often. Because of this, you won't see the improvement you may be expecting like in Windows 98. Generally solutions 1 through 3 provided above will allow you to maximize your PC to it's fullest before having to purchase a new one.
Open the Control Panel and Double Click on User Accounts.
Then click on Turn User Account Control on or off?
Approve it one last time.
Uncheck the box and click ok.
Click Restart Now or Later.
Those annoying pop-ups will be gone after a reboot/restart.
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