Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Back Up and Protect your PC

The recent news that a global DNSChanger malware virus was about to knock out my internet connection, got me thinking of how I try to protect myself from such things.

First of all, I make sure that I back up all my important data i.e. pictures, music and any financial data. I have two options here, I can use my external hard drive or I can back up my files in the cloud.  Once I have backed everything up, I make sure that I schedule periodic backups moving forward.

When it comes to anti-virus software, I have many options, and most of them are free.  I use a combination of free applications such as Microsoft Security Essentials, SpyBot, CleanUp, and Advanced SystemCare.  I always use more than one and I keep them up to date.   I also run them on a weekly schedule, usually on the weekend.

I also pay attention to any news stories I hear about viruses and other malware issues.  They often include helpful tips, like the one I got for the latest virus at www.dcwg.org

So remember to identify all important files on your computer and back them up.  Then update and run your favorite anti-virus applications on a regular basis.

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