The new year has begun, and we have three suggestions for improving the quality of your computing life in 2013.
1. Backup often and in the cloud: Consider the consequences if all your data… Word files, Music or Photo library, Quicken/Quickbooks data, and everything else, were to just disappear. It’s a scary thought, but it happens to the unprepared all too often. Make 2013 the year to get you backup in order and configure it to archive your most important files and folders automatically. A whole-system local backup is very important, too. But the cloud-based approach to backing up protects you from disasters like fire, flood, theft, and virus infestations. Don’t wait another year to safeguard your data.
2. Look before you click: Watch out for fake download buttons,toolbars and other junk-ware. Users get into trouble with these things all the time because they click without thinking. Before clicking anything that’s unfamiliar, take a second or even ten, and look more closely at the link. A little bit of precaution can save you from hassles, and even disasters.
3. Keep it clean: Dust can kill a computer, clogging it and causing everything to overheat, with potentially disastrous results. When you have pets their hair can exacerbate the situation even further. So, schedule regular cleaning sessions where you use a can of compressed air to blow dust and pet hair off your cooling-fan blades and out of your case.
Is Java turned on in your web browser? If your answer is “Yes” or “I’m not sure” then it’s time to take action. Right now, cyber-criminals are aware and exploiting serious security flaws in Java that could lead to your computer becoming infected by malware.
The best advice we can give you is to disable Java.
Here are some simple instructions for users of the most popular browsers, explaining how Java can be disabled:
So, what are you waiting for?, stop reading this article now and check if you have disabled Java or not. Chances are that if you don’t think that you need Java, you don’t need it.
What you need to do now is reduce the opportunities for attack. For most people that means disabling Java – and doing it now.
If you insist or must have Java. Download the most recent version here: