Holiday Security Tips.

Figure now would be a good time to help you keep your computer safe so you can shop online without the scare of being hacked this Christmas season.

  1. Please, use common sense.
    I know, I know – this should be something everybody knows, right? Wrong. You’d be surprised as to how many people still don’t have any anti-virus, malware, or spyware programs installed on their computers. Many people that do often don’t even do even 1 scan a month. When, you visit sites, turn on your pop-up blocker, don’t click the ads, and try not to click suspicious links. If it asks you to download something, CLICK CANCEL!
  2. Surf with IE7 w/ IE7Pro
    It’s important to have a safe, up-to-date browser while you go about the ‘nets. Internet Explorer didn’t always be my browser of choice, but version 7 sure has improved a whole ton. Along with those extra tabs and new look, IE7 has a cleaner, better, and easier to use “security system.” Clearing files (online + offline), cookies, and history is important in case you’ve manage to get your browser directed towards a malicious website. IE7Pro is also a great add-on for IE7. It provides extra private history options, a flash blocker, pop-up blocker, and ad blocker. Best part is, everything is free.
  3. Free Anti-Spyware tool.
    Is your mouse starting to move by itself? Seeing files you didn’t make? I reccomend HijackThis by Trend Micro. It’s a free anti-spyware scanner and remover that works like a charm. It can help delete files once your computer gets up and running, and destroy start-up processes too.
    [Download here.]
  4. Process Explorer
    Get that eerie feeling that what you just installed had a little more attached to it? Many times people hide hidden viruses, keyloggers, etc. inside .EXE files that run themselves behind that scenes. There are few ways you can catch them, and Process Explorer helps you find them in depth, easy, and fast. You’ll quickly be able to see what processes are running and from where, how many DLLs are up, and where the programs are (if they are) connecting to.
    [Download here]

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