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PC Security, Firewalls, Email/Scams & Phishing
Your home computer is a popular target for hackers; They look for credit card numbers, bank account information, website login details such as your username and password and anything else they can find. By stealing that information intruders can use your money to buy themselves goods and services. Most home computers are typically not very secure and are easy to break into and when combined with high-speed Internet connections that
You will have all seen in the press lately around the big push to make ISP's responsible for the protection of children and filtering of material from viewing over the internet. Whilst the intention is great I am a firm believer in the fact that the responsibility lays with the parent(s) and not the person providing the link/connection to your house/premises.
It's about accountibility and ownership and as a parent myself I wouldn't be doing my part if
Data Protection & Backups
Something that almost no end user ever does is back up or organise their data. Many a time has someone lost personal information or pictures due to a hard drive fault or failure and to a few almost feels like the end of the world.
Imagine having all the pictures of a loved one, your child growing up or a close family member that is no longer around stored on your laptop or PC only to turn it on and it not to, or have an error message appear
Removing Unused Applications, Software Management, System Restore and Defragmentation
Remove Unused Applications
Your PC has a lot of non-essential data (e.g., crap) stored on it, much of which you might not even be aware of. For instance, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome stores copies of the Web pages you visit, images and media for faster viewing later. Plus there are temporary files, your Internet history, cookies, and more scattered throughout your system.
Windows Updates, Spyware, Anti-Virus, Browser Choice, Application Patching
I'm a long time advocate and a little anal over the need for people to ensure they learn about their PC; so much so that it frustrates me no end when they are treated by users as just another consumer device, mainly having sat many a time in a family, friend or collegues home sifting through the unbelievable amount of rubbish that has been installed under the premise its a "quick 10 minute job isn't it"