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We want you to be a smooth operator. No, we didn't say slick.
There's a difference! Here are some basic tips to keep your computer in Tip Top
Shape and keep you - not some slimeball company - in charge of your computer.
- User education. The best security measures begin on the
outside of your computer. Namely, your internal computer. The best computer of
all. Your BRAIN! Educate yourself. Apply the same common sense approach to the
cyberworld as you do to your everyday life. Look before you leap. If it seems
too good to be true; it probably is. Read all you can about computers, scour the
Web looking for news articles (like our NewsBytes) and keep yourself informed.
- Antivirus protection. A quality anti-virus program, with
frequently updated virus definition files, running in real time should be
installed and operational on your computer every second, every minute, every
hour, of every day.
- Firewall protection. Every PC with Internet access should
have a personal firewall installed and running. It should be bi-directional,
tracking both outbound and inbound traffic. There are many good software
firewalls that offer free, personal versions: Kerio, Outpost, and Sygate to name
- Slimeware protection. No one can decide what to call this
junk. Spyware? Malware? Trickware? We'll call it slimeware because that term
most aptly describes it. Not only do most of these garbage applications present
a real threat to your privacy, they can slime your computer in a hurry. This
slime has infamous computer-clogging potential. Slimeware can keep on clogging
up your computer too. It can add insult to injury by downloading and installing
additional slimeware applications without your knowledge or permission (usually
under the guise of "updates"), and may assault you with obnoxious popup ads
which seem to appear from nowhere, either when you start up your computer or
while you are using your computer. So download install at least two good
anti-spyware applications - like SpySweeper and Microsoft Anti-Spyware - and
scan your computer often. Slimeware is here to stay. Anti-spyware software is as
important as anti-virus software.
- Open the case. We guarantee you there are no poisonous
snakes or other harmful animals inside your computer case. Well, maybe not
guarantee but it's highly unlikely that there are! Open the case up once in
awhile (every 3 to 4 months) and vacuum the dust from inside the case. Make sure
you vacuum the fan area(s) well. Good air circulation is a must to keep your
processor running at normal temperatures. Running too hot can shorten the life
of your processor.
- Delete your temps. Keep your hard drive cleaner by removing
the clutter which accumulates during every surfing sessions. At the very least
delete your temporary Internet files often by clicking "Tools" - on the Internet
Explorer toolbar - then "Internet Options" and click "Delete files" -then click
"OK". You may also want to delete all your cookies at that time too. Just click
"Delete cookies" - then "OK".
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