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How To Practice Safe Computing – A guide for the less tech savvy – part 1

Practicing safe computing is essential for you and the life of your computer. No one likes it when their working on a project late into the night, they save and then the next morning when they go to work on it again it’s not there. Or say, for no apparent reason you computer reboots by it self every five minutes. Or when you plug in a flash drive, a window comes up saying it’s infected and it won’t let you open any of your files. These are all caused by unsafe computing, otherwise known as viruses, and in this how to guide I will show you how to prevent them.

The Golden Rules of Computing: All these steps will be covered in grater detail later in the article.
1) always run windows update on your computer, when the computer prompts you for an update and ask you to restart, don’t ignore it
2) Run virus scans and definition updates on your computer at least once a week. And, no you don’t have to spend money to do this.
3) Turn on Windows Firewall, this feature will not protect you aganist every virus known to silicon. Also, just because you turn this feature on, it does not mean that you are fully protected, you still need antivirus software to protect your computer.
4) Run windows update manually once a month
5) If you computer seems to be sluggish or slow, boot it in safe mode and do a virus scan.

1) Windows Update:
– windows seven/windows vista
Click on start, and at the bottom of the start menu type “windows update”

A windows will appear like this, click check for updates in the left hand pane of the windows

if a windows appears like this in your taskbar don’t ignore it, save your work and click restart

This concludes part 1 of the series

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