Keeping your computer safe from online threats requires some preventative and active controls. Follow these general tips to keep your computer and the valuable data safe and secure.
 
Anti-virus software is designed to identify, neutralize and eradicate viruses that can harm your computer, destroy your data, or exploit vulnerabilities that give spammers and fraudsters access to your accounts and personal data. Choose a good quality, anti-virus program such ( Norton Security, Karspersky Security, or Webroot Security. Be careful when you download a program and make sure it is from a reputable site that you trust or go to the manufacturer’s website. To be effective, update the anti-virus software regularly to get the latest virus definitions (best practice is to set it up for automatic updates-this way you will not forget and always will be protected). Most commercial anti-virus programs have the automatic update feature and we recommend that you use it. For your convenience, schedule scans to run when you are not using the computer, because the resources it takes to run a scan can slow you down your system.
 
A firewall protects your computer from Internet traffic entering in or information leaking out. You can use two firewalls (Hardware) and stack them up to increase the security level. Also the level of traffic allowed should be set to "recommended" or HIGH if you so please. There are software firewalls that can be also used such ZoneAlarm and Webroot Firewall, but while anti-virus software scans emails and files, a firewall acts as a guard dog, keeping your system safe from unauthorized entry. It also blocks communications to and from your computer. To ensure the highest protection, it’s best to use both a firewall and anti-virus/spyware software.
 
Spyware and adware can cause a variety of things like annoying pop-ups and browser crashes, the installation of unexpected toolbars or icons, redirects to inappropriate sites, keys that don’t function, random error messages, browser freezing and sluggish performance. These types of malware are installed on your computer without your consent, and can monitor and in some cases control your computer. To lower the risk of infection, use anti-spyware and adware software such Norton Security, Karspersky Security or Webroot Security Essentials. We recommend using at least two different programs for broader security and coverage.
 
    * Use a firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software and keep it up-to-date
    * Keep your operating system, browser and other software up-to-date and patched
    * Don’t open email attachments or click on an email link from unknown senders ("Use Common Sense")
    * Scan all email attachments and downloads with anti-virus software
    * Don’t download and install programs of unknown origin or innapropriate sites
    * Disable Java, JavaScript, and ActiveX if possible
    * Scan and Backup critical data often to CD/DVD or External Hard Drive (USB-SATA)
    * Perform regular maintenance on your computer like disk cleanup, defragmentation, and system scans
    * Create a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised
    * Protect your PC-Host file with security essential software or by editing policies correctly.
 
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