4) Be wary of opening any email attachment. Even when you know the sender, it’s entirely possible that their efforts to prevent attacks weren’t adequate and that a threat has infected their system, only to be passed on to you through some innocuous-seeming email. Don’t ever be afraid to contact your sender before you go clicking on random links that you do not know where it will lead you.  Often time we have friends who send out randomness and we are accustom to it.  But if you get something random from someone who you never receive a forward from them chances are that you should double check before clicking on that link.

5) File sharing is another common source of contracting computer threats. Be sure you are downloading clean material. And for all of you who are still downloading bootleg movies and pirated music this is going to be tough for you to do.  Because most times people do not check the source.  The best way to do this is to resort to legitimate sites that have pre-screened files for you. Be aware that if you download pornography, many of those sites are notorious sources of infection. Again, good security software will scan these files before they can be loaded onto your computer.

6) Don’t leave your computer operating idly for any length of time. Physically being present and a part of your internet security system is a useful way to prevent the failure of your computer’s other defenses.  Physical Security is the most basic of defenses.  Use it!

7) Here’s a little grab bag of safety tips that can help prevent disasters. Be careful when loading external media such as flash drives without scanning them, and know who is using the computers on your network. When using social networking sites such as Facebook, be careful about clicking any links that look suspicious.  And by suspicious I mean anything that would be just too outlandish to be true.  I promise you that you are not going to the find the Obama’s sex tape on Facebook.  SMH  Creeps.

Learn what running a sandbox or virtual machine is and how to use it to test new applications. Create a different account on your computer to avoid using your administrator account for daily use. It’s a lot easier to repair a user account than a corrupted administrator account.  I know some of this stuff sounds foreign to you and like some over the top computer terminology but at the end of the day it would not hurt any of us to brush up on some of our computer language.  Especially since they have become such a vital part of our day to day life.

8) Keep up with news about new computer threats. If you hear of something from a legitimate source, update your security software and make sure that the particular threat is covered.

Again I cannot stress to PC users enough how much I use Microsoft Essentials to protect my laptop.  They have tons of free anti-virus software that works great and saves money.

Hope this helps and stay healthy my friends!

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