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Learning The Basics Of Computer Safety

The more advanced technology becomes and the more aspects of life that are being transferred to a digital format, the more important it is to keep your devices safe. In the last couple of decades, the internet and technology, in general, has invaded essentially every aspect of life. Instead of heading to the library for research, most students can now opt to look up any and all inform formation with a few choice keystrokes on their chosen device. Collaborative work projects are handled almost entirely via the internet. In fact, the internet has provided a whole new way for people to work. Now, people can choose to work entirely from home. They can do so for a local office or one that is halfway around the world or on the other side of the country. People can converse face to face even when they are thousands of miles away from each other. Thousands of books, songs, movies, and television shows can be stored on an electronic device. Cable companies are close to becoming extinct due to the invention of streaming services. The list of ways that technology has taken over everyday life is seemingly endless. Unfortunately, this also means that there are more ways for people to access your information, send you a virus, and generally cause you problems. Also, it means there are more ways for those of ill intentions to reach those they prey on (women, young children, families, etc.). Not to mention the bullying possibilities. Because of all these things, it is vital to learn ways to be as safe as possible when online and to keep your devices safe from hackers and viruses. Here, you will learn the basics of computer safety.

The best place to start with computer safety is virus protection. There are many companies that virus protection software, but it is important to remember that it will be a bit different for different platforms. For example, a smartphone or a tablet will need to download virus protection whereas a desktop computer will need a disk from which to install the software. Once, there was no such protection for cell phones. Many generations of cell phones could not yet access the internet and the subsequent ones that did, it was not a priority. Now, almost every cell phone is a smartphone which means that they are essentially small computers. Because of this, they require the same protections as a desktop or laptop. The same is true of a tablet for the same reason. To find virus protection for your mobile devices, start by opening your app store. Different operating systems will have a different app store. Any android powered device will use the Google Play store whereas any “I” device (e.i. iPod, iPhone, IPad, etc.) or any other Apple device will use the Itunes store. Once you have opened your particular app store, choose the search option and search for “virus protection”. Many options will appear and you must choose which one to use. Be very cautious with this decision because not all available apps will function appropriately and some may even be viruses themselves. Most people choose well-known names such as Norton and McAfee, but this is not necessary. There are several excellent choices beyond these few major brands. To help in your decision, you will first need to decide if you are looking for a free app or one that you have to pay for. Keep in mind that regardless of whether or not the app itself costs money, there is generally a subscription option when setting up an account. In the case of most virus protection apps, it is not necessary to purchase the subscription, but it is encouraged as it will open up more protection features. If you need protection for a desktop, head to a store that sells computers and they will be able to help you find exactly what you need.

The next thing to consider is how to stay safe while browsing the internet. There is much reason to consider this, but one of the primary reasons is that it will deter hackers from accessing your data and vital information. The best way to do this is to use Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). If you do not know what this is, it is a private way to connect to the internet when using a less than secure connection. Using a VPN means that your data is secure and it will be difficult for a hacker to access your information because the VPN will make it appear as if you are somewhere other than where you really are on the world. You can set it so that you appear to be anywhere that you choose. As far as computer safety goes, this is a “must do” step. VPNs are fairly easy to come by, just search for VPNs on your favorite browser.

Once you have all of your protections in place on your devices, the next step is to learn about being safe in your interactions. With the advancements in technology have come websites and smartphone apps that allow you to connect with people for all manner of reasons. There are quite a few dating websites and apps. These are great in one sense, but they do create situations where complete strangers agree to meet in person. There are ways to make this process safer, but it is important to remember that there is no way to predict exactly what will happen. To start, spend time conversing and learning about the person before agreeing to meet. Next, meet somewhere public, during the daylight areas. Drive separately and do not go off alone with this person. Taken time getting to know them before spending any time alone. Another good tip is to arrive at the destination early and inform someone working there that you are meeting a date that you met on the internet and what to do if there seems to be a problem during the date. This gives you an added layer of protection. Also, should something happen, someone will know who you were with?

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