More than ever, there is a need to protect your information from intruders. There are a growing number of people out there wanting to hack your data for fun and profit.
Don’t store your information on multiple sites. When you’re checking out of a store online, they will ask you to register as a user. Even if they don’t store your credit card information, always check out as a guest.
Don’t open emails from folks you don’t do business with. If you ever get an email from your bank asking you for personal information, call the bank first before doing anything else. Ask them about the email and find out what is going on. If it is legitimate, which I doubt it is since banks don’t conduct business like that, then you can take care of it right there over the phone.
Back to the strange noise coming from your computer. Two items to check first, the power supply fan and the hard drive (there could be a third choice on the newer computers since most also have a fan on the processor chip). Both have bearings and spin at high speeds. You normally can determine if the noise is coming from one or the other. Replacing the power supply is not a big deal but can be laborious depending on your computer model and case design. If you’re not handy with a screw driver and understand a little basic structure of positive and negative connections, take it to a local computer repair shop. It’s not difficult but it is easy to make the wrong connection and you can fry your motherboard and everything attached if something goes wrong.
At times there are conflicting programs that can make your internet seem slow. One very common issue is the managed endpoint security and the browser having conflicts. This makes the internet seem slower. Get this conflict fixed.
What about that protect from virus you just paid to renew? Same scenario! Some of these will not work with Windows Vista yet. Another reason to wait on that OS upgrade. As of now, Symantec who makes Norton Internet Security will be ready for Vista. Mcafee has yet to announce their Vista update. Like the peripheral companies, the smaller security companies will tend to take the longest to get up to speed.
(1) GROUP FILES INTO RELAVENT FOLDERS AND/OR CREATE RELAVENT FOLDERS. Now it’s time to see if you have duplicates, if the material is out of date and can be disposed of, etc. This is where you will have a huge impact in the internal cleaning process. Most of the files you’ll have to analyze will be in the form of word processing, spreadsheets, photos or music.
No matter where you are in the world, the internet will always be there. This makes it wonderful because you don’t have to go out to a store to get protection software. There are dozens of well-known sites on the internet that you can download, try for a while, and then purchase virus protection software. The ten or fifteen minutes that it takes to register and get the file is well worth it. After all, for people who are on the internet for more than a few hours a day, a computer must be protected.