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Six Steps to Keeping Data Safe
Use proactive software protection. Anti-virus and anti-spyware software are basic requirements for initial protection. Viruses and spyware can creep into your computer and easily degrade performance and corrupt or even destroy data.
Use a firewall. Firewalls assist in blocking dangerous programs, viruses or spyware before they infiltrate your system. Various software companies offer firewall protection, but hardware-based firewalls, like those frequently built into network routers, provide a better level of security.
Be cautious of suspicious emails from unknown sources. Don’t open emails with attachments if you don’t know the sender.
Steer clear of websites of ill repute. These are havens for malicious and annoying intruders like spyware.
Keep your operating system updated. Repair the security holes that hackers love to exploit with the newest critical updates from Microsoft or Apple.
Consistently backup crucial data. Backing up to a separate media device, such as CD/DVD, external hard drive, USB drive or Mirra, on a regular basis ensures that important files are secure.