Installing Personal Safety Tools on Your PC

Installing Personal Safety Tools on Your PC

The computer provides a great deal of help to people of all ages. It is just fitting then that PC users also make an effort to protect and maintain their device moving onwards.

These days, any kind of computer connected to the internet can face numerous issues. Being attacked by viruses and malware is only one of them which can lead to the computer slowing down or its hard drive malfunctioning.

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Internet users are also not exempted from facing security risks while online. Even when just staying at home and using the internet, one’s identity, money and personal information could be stolen. In the office, business and medical information could also be at risk.

Hackers are lurking around and are using numerous advanced tools. As such, every internet user needs to protect himself or herself and use the necessary tools to ensure his privacy and safety online.

Fortunately, there are tech savvy folks who come up with solutions to these problems. They develop software and other
programs and upgrade them whenever possible.

If you’re somebody particular about your safety online, there are free tools you can use or install on your computer.

Just make sure you pick only those useful to your daily work. Keep in mind that some of these applications have large file size which can take up much space in your hard disk.

Anti-virus Software

Installing an anti-virus software is a must. This will help you detect security risks that may be caused by viruses, worms, trojans, malware attacks and hacker tools. If possible, configure this to update itself regularly to ensure your
safety online.

Update Regularly

Software applications installed on your computer must also be updated on a regular basis. Note that some software do not
have auto-update features that notify you about new patches. A good idea here is to use specific tools that will inform you of security updates as they become available. Examples of this are the Personal Software Inspector of Secunia and Update Checker of File Hippo.

Stop JavaScript

Unknown to some of you, JavaScript these days is involved in web-based malware attacks. For a safer browsing experience,
internet users can disallow by default and selectively enable JavaScript only on specific sites instead of letting it run
unrestricted all the time.

Users of Firefox can use the NoScript extension. This will let you decide which sites can run JavaScript including Flash Player content.

Chrome users can also block JavaScript by installing the add-on NotScripts which works the same as Firefox’s NoScript. It blocks Java applets from running by default.

Microsoft EMET

This Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit is a free tool from Microsoft. It works with Windows 7 and Windows Vista in
improving security of commonly used applications regardless of their developer. Take note, however, that EMET should be downloaded and installed on your PC together with Microsoft’s .NET platform.

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About the guest author:

Adam Schults is a professional blogger that discusses various legal topics. He writes for Musca Law, a leading law firm in Florida.

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