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Are you sharing your computer data with the world?

When you’re in the middle of conversations with strangers, you probably don’t randomly shout out your salary figure, passwords for your bank accounts, or your Social Security number. So, if you tend to keep this information private in your conversations with strangers, why would you leave all the information available on your computer for strangers to potentially steal?

Protecting your computer is extremely important these days, especially as it becomes a place to store a lot more private information. There are many ways savvy computer hackers can break into your computer, sometimes without you being aware.

No need to worry though, there are also many ways to help protect your PC. The most radical – and probably not practical – recommendation is to not download anything to your computer. This includes videos, photos, PDF files and documents. Of course, this basically renders your computer useless, so here are some more practical PC protection solutions:

Protect your passwords: If you share your computer with someone else, don’t let the computer automatically save your passwords when opening different programs, and always enable the locked screen saver when you leave the computer.

Install a security blanket: Another way to protect your PC is to purchase a spyware program like SUPERAntiSpyware, which detects and removes malware and spyware threats, repairs broken Internet connections and runs scans on a prescheduled basis to ensure your computer is free from harmful software. This program is perfect for desktop and mobile computers, because it is designed to not slow down your PC while protecting it. Visit www.superantispyware.com for more information.

Update your system: Keep your computer systems fully updated for the latest protection against threats. New computer viruses, malware and spyware are being developed on a daily basis, and companies supplying operating systems will construct updates to help block these threats.

As you turn your PC on to read your emails, watch the latest YouTube video featuring your adorable niece performing a new trick, or balance your household finances, stop for a moment to wonder if your PC is secure, or if you’re setting yourself up to advertise to the world your personal information stored on your computer.

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