Many people think that virus and computer threats are created by super-geniuses behind super-machines, and are impossible to stop. This might not always be the case. Often, the people creating those viruses are people just like you and me, with just a little bit of programming skills, eager to test what they have just learned. If you work with computers or have a lot of your most precious files on your computer, new viruses and threats can make you a little paranoid. This is a free guide which will put your worries to rest. Hopefully.

*Back Up Your Files
There are certain simple things you need to know on how to secure your computer against threats. First of all, the most important thing is protecting your files from being erased or altered. This includes your personal information and contacts. What you need to do is a regular backup. The best way to back up your files is making copies on separate hard drives or why not memory sticks. DVDs are good for backing up small amounts of information, but they will not serve you well for backing up 320 Gb or more. So removable hard drives or online free storage X drives are good for the job. These perform as if they were your own C: drive. You can drag and drop, copy cut and arrange in folders. If you want to keep your files, make copies. Do it online, or on removable drives. And make backups regularly, either weekly or monthly, depending on your computer usage.

Most good anti-virus software can be downloaded for free from the internet. AVG is an excellent choice for anti-virus free software. AVG can be downloaded at. Another similar free program is Avast Antivirus ( There are many other antivirus programs as well, software titles such as Vast, Panda, Bitdefender, to name just a few. Most free download versions are fully functional. Most come in free and paid versions. Generally the paid version is for businesses.

Your Antivirus software screens your online activities to make sure you don’t end up downloading a virus. It will warn you of malicious code, online or incoming to your email. They will also start a computer scan on your own set schedule. Antivirus programs have a lot of options, but they are all very intuitive and easy to use. Every once and again they will go online to get the newest patches (solutions) for the new viruses created. For every virus created there are hundreds of antivirus programmers that will crack them.

Some say the biggest threats come from opening emails. This is true if you had no antivirus installed. Free antivirus programs comes with email scanners. They work in the same way. They scan every incoming email (as long as your settings allow it).

Never give your personal information to anyone. This includes contact, address, phones, accounts numbers, and specially never give out your passwords. A good advice is not to keep private information where it can be hacked. If you have the slightest doubt about a web site or email message, then it probably is a fraud. If you have been a victim of digital fraud, contact the proper authorities and follow their advice.

To keep a safe computer; 1: Back up your files. 2: Get a Free antivirus. 3: Make sure you familiarize it with the program. 4. Protect your digital environment and privacy.

If you do all this, it is almost impossible for you to loose your files. Even if someone did hack your computer you could restore it with one click with a hard drive back up.

*Parental Controls
If you have children – every operation system comes with parental controls. They can block out content you choose. Generally they are set by password. Experts that work with children, such as child psychologist, agree that the best way to protect children is speaking to them. Blocking personal computers at home is pointless if they will be accessing internet from a phone, on the streets, or at a friends house. Communication is everything.

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