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Back To School PC Protection Tips

Last Updated: 9/25/2017

     Getting ready to go back-to-school is always a stressful time. You have to make sure you get all the supplies you need like paper, pencils and books. You have to make sure you or your kids get to school safely and back, whether it be on a bus or in a car. One thing that often gets overlooked is protecting your PC. If you or your kids take a laptop to school, it’s important to make sure you keep it safe and secure too. We have some tips to help you keep your PC protected while using it for all that fun homework we know you love!

1. Install a Firewall

A firewall is like a security guard for your computer and it is one of the first steps you will want to take in protecting it from intruders. Once you have your firewall installed, it will keep out any unauthorized program trying to access your computer. It is always best to keep this firewall permanently turned on.

2. Create Unique Passwords

Having a strong password to protect your personal information is always a great defense against would-be attackers. Make a complex password that is at least 8 characters in length and make sure it includes upper and lower case letters, a number and a special character. Of course, if you make it a little longer and more complicated than that, you’ll be even safer. Just make sure you will remember it, and don’t write it down anywhere visible to anyone you don’t want to see it.

3. Install Anti-Virus Software

Anti-Virus software is a must if you want to truly protect your PC.Any code or program that it senses could be harmful it will warn you about and/or quarantine it so it can’t harm your computer. Getting a virus could be detrimental to your PC. Not only can they slow them down, but it could also delete information or access your personal information and steal it. If you want your PC to stay running at an optimal speed, which if you have homework deadlines to meet we’re sure you do, you should invest in a good anti-virus program.

4. Back-up Your Files Regularly

The last thing you want when you just finished writing that 10 page term paper is for your computer to crash before you saved what you wrote. So make sure to always back up your files as you go, especially if what you are working on is important. You’ll also want to back-up your entire computer from time to time, just in case. If something goes wrong, you’ll appreciate being able to restore it to a month ago as opposed to a year ago.

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