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In case a bad virus hits your Windows 7 system, make sure that you have system restore turned on

Posted on September 20th, 2010 in Security, Windows 7 | Comments Off on In case a bad virus hits your Windows 7 system, make sure that you have system restore turned on

There are certain threats that will take out your computer. Your computer may be able to turn on and do some of the things that it was able to do before the threat hit but for the most part it is dead. You are not able to hit certain buttons, pops ups are flying everywhere, you cannot log onto the internet, and basically everything that can go wrong is going wrong. If this ever happens to you, you need to make sure that you have a way to fix it right away. There are a couple of things that you can do. You can keep a back up of the computer so that you can reinstall it to a point where everything was working fine. Or you can do that with something less than a back up. There is a feature in all Windows computers that is called System Restore. We will take the time later on in the article to explain what System Restore is and how you can use it to come back from a serious computer problem.

What is System Restore?

System Restore is sort of like the back up that we talked about earlier in the article but instead of it being on a new device like an external hard drive, it is a snap shot stored in the computer. It mainly saves the settings of how everything was at a previous date on the computer. A pure back up would save all of the data and the settings of the system from that time. With a system restore point, saving the settings is more than enough. With any luck you will be able to go back to a time before everything turned crazy.

Even though you have a system restore point ready to be used, it is still a good idea to try to get out the infection before you try a system restore. The infection that is in the system will not be erased by just you having a system restore point active. As we said before, it changes the setting of the system and not the data. All that will happen is that the malware will infect the machine again. That is not always the case and sometimes a system restore point is all you need. But in the case of a bad piece of malware you will need to do more to make sure you do not have to deal with the same infection again.

When malware attacks you system, you need a good way to be able to fight it. The tools that you have such as antivirus software and antispyware software will be able to help but sometimes you need to do a little more. Sometimes the infection gets so deep that you have very few options. In cases like this you need to set up the system restore on your computer and go back to the past when the system was still working.

Create a security package that will keep your computer protected

Posted on September 17th, 2010 in Security | Comments Off on Create a security package that will keep your computer protected

When you are looking to make sure that your computer is protected from the bad guys, you must make sure that you have the right software installed on it. If not then you will find that the bad guys may be more than you can handle. There are several components to having the right security software on your computer. Some people will think that all that it takes is having a simple antivirus installed on the system but that is not the case. You must be ready for all of the threats that are out there. That is what we plan to do with this article. Make sure that you are ready for all the threats that are out there. So let’s take a look at what you will need to have a secure operating system.

Of course we need an antivirus software package

Without antivirus being installed on the system, you are going to be dead in the water before you even begin. So you need to make sure that you have a handle on that before we move on. Antivirus software can be tricky since there are so many different offerings out on the market. Will you get a free version or will you get a premium version? Do you need one with a heavy feature set or do you just need the basics handled. How everyone uses their computer is quite different so you need to make a checklist on how you use the computer and pick the right version of the software for your needs. Once you have done that and have it installed on your system, now it is time to move on to the next step.
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Which type of anti spyware software will you need on the system?

So now that you have the right software to keep off the viruses, Trojans, and other malware of that nature, now it is time to attack the software that is keeping track of you. Some spyware type of software is legal while others are clearly not. There is a fine line and it gets crossed all of the time. So why take the chance. You need to pick up an anti spyware software that will cut off the ability to track you and your internet activities. It is nobody’s business where you go after you leave their web site so make sure that you do not forget to do a scan every now and then to make sure that all of the spyware is off of your system.
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And now time for the firewall

Now that we have software that will take care of the malware and the spyware, it is time to keep remote intruders off of your system. The bad guys will sometimes try to attack you directly by getting into your system through open ports. Stop that from happening by installing a firewall on your system. Or you can use the firewall that comes with Windows 7 directly. No matter which method you take, be sure that the software comes highly rated.

It takes time to create the right security system for your computer. You need to make sure that you review the software that you install on the system. Once you do you will find that you are protected from most threats out on the internet.

Your Windows 7 system is not secure with these pieces of software on it

Posted on September 15th, 2010 in Security, Windows 7 | Comments Off on Your Windows 7 system is not secure with these pieces of software on it

If you take a look at Windows 7 and play around with some of the settings then you will probably notice that Microsoft has spent a lot of time making sure that the different parts are secure. They want to help you make sure that your firewall is up, the antivirus is installed and everything else that you need to be secure is ready to go. They have even improved their browser. Internet Explorer is now on its eight version and people agree that it is the safest browser that Microsoft has ever put out. But there is also some software that is not so secure on Windows. Some of the software is provided by Microsoft and others are third party software that people like to install. So let’s take a look at some of the software that can do damage to your system even though it is supposed to be OK to use.

Instant Messaging software

Microsoft provides built in IM service but a lot of people download it from a third parties as well. Instant messenger software can introduce big holes into your system especially if you have someone using the computer that is not considered computer savvy. Hackers will target the software because they can easily send a person links through it. These links will lead to all kind of things. From phising attacks to sites with exploits ready to jump on your computer. This is why you need to stress to people who use your computer that if they are going to use IM then they should not click on links. If they do, they can find themselves and your computer having a nasty surprise.

PDf’s from unknown people

Another piece of software that is known to introduce bugs into the system is called PDf. This is software from Adobe that comes with your computer. The purpose of the software is to imitate on a computer what a magazine of that same file would look like. The web is supposed to look like one thing and a magazine is supposed to look like another. PDF’s are supposed to bridge the gap. But it is not just for magazines, any kind of document can be enhanced by using a PDF file. But the PDF software has many bugs that are out there that people use to exploit systems the software is installed on. If you are not careful then it could be your computer that is getting exploited. Even though you are used to scanning .exe files you might not scan PDF files. You should start to do that now.

There is plenty of software out there that can be used for evil purposes. Most of the software out there is written with millions of lines of code and sometimes in those lines of code, mistakes are made. And when those mistakes are made, hackers take advantage. Make sure that they do not get you by scanning all your files with antivirus.

Do Windows computers still have a problem when it comes to security?

Posted on September 1st, 2010 in Security | Comments Off on Do Windows computers still have a problem when it comes to security?

For years, the first thing that you thought about when it came to Microsoft computers is how unsafe they were. The more Windows computers became popular, the more they seemed to be attacked when the users surf the internet. People who sold and used other operating systems would try to get their friends and customers to switch over by telling them how unsafe a Windows computer was compared to the one that they were using. And they were not lying. They had the numbers to back them up. So for years, even though Microsoft got better and better when it came to the security of their operating system, they still had the old wounds against them. People still looked at the operating system as if it was unsafe. So we are here to answer that question right now. Do Windows computers still have a problem when it comes to the security of the operating system?

How much safer is Windows?

Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft took a turn in their strategy when it came to the safety of their operating system. They figured out that the internet was not going away and that people wanted to be secure when they used it. The strategy became even more solidified when Window 7 was released to the world. For the first time in a long time, most security professionals said that the Windows 7 operating system was just as secure as the Mac OS X and just a little less secure than the Linux operating system. This was definitely a victory in Microsoft’s book because the security community is not a bunch of people who are considered to be Microsoft fans. But they had to be honest; the computers were a lot safer than they were before.

Why are Windows computers safer?

There are several reasons why Windows 7 is considered a safer operating system these days. The first reason why it is safer is because they have closed a lot of security holes in it that had been there for years. These security holes were known points of attacks by hackers but for the sake of backwards compatibility they left them open. Also some of the software that Microsoft makes that comes free for Windows 7 are high powered security products. From their Windows essential to the new and improved Firewall, these are software that will definitely help keep your computer safe. They either come on the operating system when you install it or they are available from the Microsoft web site.

When you use a Windows based computer these days, you do not have to worry about the security vulnerabilities that you once did. It is true that the system is not one hundred percent safe and you will still have to install software to help protect it but it is just as good as all of the other operating systems out there. It has been proven that security by obscurity did exist and all of the other operating systems are being attacked now as the more popular they become.

The top three security software to use on your computer that is not an antivirus or firewall

Posted on August 30th, 2010 in Security | Comments Off on The top three security software to use on your computer that is not an antivirus or firewall

Security software on the computer usually starts with two things, the antivirus and the firewall. Whenever you hear a beginner’s tutorial on how to protect your computer from the bad guys, these are the two technologies that you will read about. The antivirus and the firewall are definitely some of the most important pieces of software that you can have on your computer but they are not the only two pieces of security software that should be installed. There are other software that will help you protect you computer just as much. We will take a look at this other software and help you protect your computer even more than you already are.

Find the ads and bad cookies on your computer

There is technology out there that some web sites use that will track your movements when you surf the web. They will send a pop up to your screen when you hit a web site that matches a certain keyword that they are looking for. You may think that the web site itself is delivering you the pop up but in reality it is the program that is installed in your computer. This is known as spyware and is something that can be annoying. Luckily for you there is software that is known as antispyware that will help you get this off of your computer. One of the most famous pieces of software that does this is known as Ad-Aware. If you want to make sure that your computer is protected from this kind of menace then this is great software to have.

Protect your password from the bad guys

When we visit a web site that needs a password, some of us usually just use the same password that we use everywhere else. This is never a good ideal and is something that can come back and haunt you. People do this because it is too hard for them to remember a bunch of different password. To stop that problem from happening to you, there are several pieces of software that will store your password in an encrypted database that only you can get to. One of the most famous pieces of software that does this job is known as KeePass. It, and programs like it, allows you to store multiple passwords and pull them up only when you need them. This is a great way to ensure your security when you are signing up to a new web site.

Protect your children from the dangers of the internet

If you have children then a security program that you should have on the computer is a monitoring program. When kids surf the internet they do not usually worry about security and this can mean bad things for them and your computer. They will see bad things that they shouldn’t and they may pick up some kind of infection that will stay on your system. To make sure that doesn’t happen to your system use one of the many children monitoring software that is out there. It will help them safe and give you piece of mind.

These are the top three security software that you should have on your system that doesn’t include antivirus and firewalls. This software with the combination of the other software mentioned makes an unbeatable combination.

Your computer security measures should not just stop at installing antivirus software

Posted on August 24th, 2010 in Firewall, Security | Comments Off on Your computer security measures should not just stop at installing antivirus software

Creating a secure computing environment can take some work but it needs to be done. It needs to happen so that you can make sure that you will not be affected by all of the bad guys on the internet. When you are looking for ways to make sure that your computer is safe, the first thing that you will hear is to make sure that your computer has antivirus software installed in it. They will then tell you what kind of antivirus you should have installed and then they will send you on your way. In this day and age that logic is not good enough for a person who is looking to make sure that they are safe. Having antivirus installed on your system is a good first step but it is not the only step that you need. We will take the time to tell you several other steps that you need to take to make sure that your computer is safe when it surfs the internet.

The firewall

The next thing that you should do right after you install the antivirus is to make sure that you have the firewall on your computer set up correctly. Firewall is the thing that is going to stop the intruders from having a look at your local network. If you cannot stop them then all of the secrets that you have on the computer will be exposed. So you need to make sure that your firewall is both set up on the operating system and on the router. This will mean that you have two firewalls protecting your system. One may be enough but two is even better.

The right software

After you have the antivirus and the firewall set up, now you need to take a look at the software that you use on the internet. This includes the browser, phone services such as Skype, instant messengers and any other thing that need the internet to work. You should make sure that there are no security warnings on the software. When it comes to the browser, make sure that it is one of the latest versions of the brand that you are using, especially if you are using internet explorer. If you are using Internet Explorer then there should be no version on your computer earlier than 8. The rest of them are not secure enough to be used as everyday internet devices. If you have to, you might want to think about switching browsers to one of the alternatives out there, Firefox or Chrome.

After all of this is done, you want to make sure that you add some common sense to the pot as well. A lot of the security risk that you will see on your computer will involve mistakes that you make. If you are careful and you have the right software installed then you should be safe on the internet.

Does switching operating systems allow you to have a safer computer?

Posted on August 9th, 2010 in Security | Comments Off on Does switching operating systems allow you to have a safer computer?

For as long as there have been computers around, there has been a battle on which operating system is better. In the past, the battle was more divided since there were dozens of operating systems that you could choose from. These days, that is no longer the case. Even though there is still a bunch of operating systems out there, there are only three main systems that people use. The operating systems that are most popular with the people are Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You can easily start a flame war at any time of the day by going into any forum and declaring why a certain operating system is the best. People hold the choice of their operating system sacred and each one believes that their system is the safest.

In the past

If you look at recent history then it is true, there were definitely huge differences n the attention paid to security on these systems. A lot of early Microsoft decision went with the usability of the user in mind when they thought about security. If the security measure was too hard in the mind of the user, then they would drop it. This left many holes in their system. Many of these holes would last through several iterations of the operating system. This many holes and exploits allowed the other operating systems to look a lot safer, and there is a good chance they were.

Now

Things are much different now than they use to be. The Windows operating system is much safer and they have really made security a first class issue in the newly releases of the OS. They have finally realized that with the internet, they could no longer have security be an afterthought. And due to its newfound popularity, Apples operating system has been under attack as well. A lot of Apple’s security came from their low market share. Now that the company is one of the top companies in the world, people are starting to go after it. There are now antivirus and malware solutions available to install on the Mac operating system. Some of the users have been out of the hacker’s radar for so long when it comes to virus hunters that they are now making easy prey. But overall, the modern day Mac is just as secured as Windows 7. It has a UNIX background that offers it decades of security tactics. When it comes to Linux, it is still one of the most secured operating systems that you can use. But on the server side, there are still many Linux exploits found. This means that the system is safe but do not expect 100% security.

When it comes to operating systems there is no such thing as the ultimate secured OS. They all have flaws that you will have to deal with. If you follow the security guidelines offered by your computer then most of the threats that you will have to face will not be that difficult to defeat.

When you first buy a Windows 7 computer, you need to check these settings to make sure that it is secured

Posted on August 5th, 2010 in Antivirus, Firewall, Internet, Security, Windows 7 | Comments Off on When you first buy a Windows 7 computer, you need to check these settings to make sure that it is secured

If you are buying a new computer then there are many things that you will want to do with it once it is set up. These things that you would want to do are all different depending on your skill level with computers. If you are a person who is new to computers and has never owned one before, then you are probably going to try and get used to the machine as it is now before you do anything. If you are a person that has experience with owning a computer, then you are going to install some programs that you use on a regular basis and uninstall some programs that came with the operating system. But no matter, if you are a new person when it comes to computers or someone who has experience, there are certain things that you need to check for on your new Windows 7 operating system to make sure that it is going to be safe when you use it. In this article we will discuss these settings that you need to check.

The first thing that you need to look at

When you first turn on the computer, the thing you need to look at first is the default programs that are installed on it. Some of these programs are demos and they either offer limited functionality or they will expire in a week or a month. This is especially true for the security products that may come with the computer. Some people when they see that the program is already installed on the computer do not realize that it only works for a limited time and so they are not really protected long term. Make sure that you have an antivirus that is going to work for a long time installed on the system. If that means uninstalling the demo that is on there already and installing a truly free version such as AVG, then that is what you should do.

Make sure that your computer is protected from remote threats

Once you are certain that the software that came installed on your computer works or you have replaced it with a version that does work, your next step is to make sure that your computer is protected from remote threats. You do this by making sure that the firewall that came already installed into the system is running. Some people prefer to download new firewall software from other places but Windows 7 already has one installed in it. When you turn on the system, you need to make sure that the installed firewall is on if you haven’t replaced it already. You can go into the Network Control Panel and it will tell you if it is on or not. Most of the time, it will be on already but there are some cases where it is not.

These are the main two steps that you need to take when you purchase a brand new computer with Windows 7 on it. Windows 7 is a very secure operating system but you need to make sure that you help keep it secure by enabling all of the tools that it needs to stay that way.