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   If you choose to read ahead by clicking on the Read More Icon below, you will see some very good ideas to consider in regard to general computer use; beyond that, you will also find throughout this website some very good procedures, general knowledge, security measures, and technical data which can be very useful. Knowing is half the battle, understanding and doing make up the rest so read on and make the best of what you can learn and of using your computer.


Best Practices For Safe Computer Use


  When using a computer, there is much more going on than what is visible; in fact, when using the Internet as we all do there is an almost inconceivable number of factors involved. This fact does not mean that one should be afraid or really even troubled by using one's own computer or the Internet!! What it does mean is that one must have a little education (this does not mean extensive at all) and be aware of what one is doing. To that end, here will be presented some clear-cut and comprehensive recommendations to adopt as "Best Practices" when using a computer and using the Internet (the 'Net).


Security Software


   Some good recommendations for software to fend off spyware and malware would be Malwarebytes and Super Antispyware along with IObit's Advanced System Care. Antivirus protection is a highly competitive and ever-evolving dynamic market which has seen many ups and downs for all of its competitors. The security software I personally use includes Symantec Norton 360, Microsoft Security Essentials (as Antivirus protection), IObit's advanced system care, MalwareBytes, and Windows defender (Spy/Malware protection). These programs have kept my several machines safe from any and all infections for many years (regardless of that, one must remain aware of the computer's state). There are other programs that may serve you well and as long as they all play well together, and actually complement each other, it makes sense to run more than one and update each regularly. You can learn more about these things in Security.


Safe Web Surfing


   Quite simply, common sense helps immensely when surfing the 'Net but there are still hidden dangers. It is highly advisable to use comprehensive Internet security software such as McAfee Site Advisor (included in McAfee Total Protection), which has compiled an immense database of safe and not safe websites and automatically advises the user as to the current website’s safety status. Other Internet security programs can do the same job but remember to trust your own judgment while staying away from sites such as file-sharing, torrents, and sites that fall into less-than-admirable categories. Some can be entirely safe but think carefully about what you are looking for.


Computer Firewall


   A firewall is extremely important because it provides protection from hackers and helps keep you safe from things other than websites that exist when connected to the 'Net. Such intrusions can occur on several levels (different ports, protocols, and OSI layers) and maximum protection is the best practice. Any Windows PC has the Windows firewall installed and either that or a firewall provided as part of your Internet security software must be ON at all times. Beyond that fact, it is highly recommended that a hardware firewall also be part of your home computer setup. If you have a router, it should include this but if not - get one.