Okay, you have your security guard (Anti-virus program) for your PC Castle for your PC Castle, and now you would like to employ a cleaning lady and handyman to keep your castle in Ship-shape in Bristol fashion. How much is this going to cost, and how am I going to handle all this?
There is no need to worry. You pay them what you can and refer them to others to make it worth their time. That’s it. Consider the following recommendations:
- Perform periodic internal cleaning and scanning of your computer. There are various inexpensive online programs that you can download to do the job yourself, and save money. See my article A Clean Computer for more information.
- Reduce your chances of being a high risk target. This means not downloading suspicious programs, opening strange or unfamiliar email attachments, or responding to email from unknown contacts.
- Help your friends and warn them. There are tricky instances where you may receive emails from a known contact or friend, but their email does not look right and appears to be something they are unlikely to send in the first place. They are not sending you this email intentionally, but rather their computer has been infected by a virus. Learn how to solve this problem, and notify them about this so they can fix the problem immediately. See my article Email Hackers for more information.
Keep in mind there is no such thing as 100% protection. Your common sense will guide you if you come across potential viruses.
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David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation. His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.