I write about Internet security frequently because I see too many breaches of Internet security every single day. And by Internet security, I’m referring to keeping your computer free of spyware, fake security software and other annoying, time consuming, and expensive ailments that can strike your computer.
THESE TYPES OF INFECTIONS ARE PREVENTABLE.
First, I need to exempt Mac and Linux (Ubuntu) users from reading this article since they are almost entirely immune from these problems. Of course, if you are a Mac or Linux user and want to read on simply to gloat at how secure and easy your computing life is…feel free.
Back to my Windows readers. I don’t use all caps often, but I do want to reiterate that by educating yourself, you can avoid the costly and time consuming problems associated with malware infections. It is also important to know that there is not a security product on the market that can save you from yourself. The degenerates who create spyware use social engineering to trick you into agreeing to installing their software…doing so gives their software rights to circumvent your existing security software.
It’s kind of like the police…we have them in our communities, but they can’t follow us around every where we go. Ultimately, it is our responsibility to be aware and make smart decisions. Same with the Internet.
Please, take the time to read the following tips, watch the videos and follow the advice. You will be safer, and you will save money. And if you feel so inclined, please click the donate button to the right of this article to thank me for giving you the tools and education to avoid the traps of the modern day Internet…for Windows users.
- One of the most common methods of getting infections today is improper use of the search engine. Usually, this is a result of misspelling a search term or web site (which the bad guys take advantage of). Carefully spelling your search terms and learning to scrutinize your search results is paramount in keeping the bad guys out of your computer.
- The next most common method of infecting your computer and wasting money is not downloading what you intended to download. Many times folks say to me, “This is the program you recommended from your Links section, and it cost me $45.” I have to reply that they clicked on advertisement instead of the product I recommended since the ads are built to catch the uneducated computer user’s attention. Be careful…be aware of where you click.
- Take the time to learn how to be a smarter web browser. Browsing the Internet without a little education is like a surgeon learning how to operate without being taught first…can get messy, real fast. Watch this tip to learn how.
- If you accidentally lapse with following the techniques in these previous steps, learn how to distinguish what a fake security software will look or sound like.
- Next to not searching carefully, the next most common method of computer infections come from visiting web sites specifically designed to lure you in like a moth to a light. Free games, ring tones, poker, porn, and wallpaper sites can be fronts for nefarious activity. Of course, not all of these sites are purveyors of wrong doing for your computer, but you need to be careful. I wrote about this topic here…it’s a must read.
- Your friends and family DO send you virus and malware via email. Not on purpose, of course, but they do. Learn the facts here.
- Lastly, re-read (or read for the first time) my article for preventing Slow Computer Disease (SCD). Combined with the above tips and links, you will be on the road to safer and less costly computing!
If you have been stricken with SCD or malware infections, you know the time lost and financial burden it causes. Take some time to learn how to prevent it, and share this information with your friends and family.
OR, you could take the bold move of switching to Linux/Ubuntu or Apple’s Macintosh and be instantly more productive and safer.