How To Protect Your iPhone And Computer Online


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It happens to the best of us.  You’re cruising along on the Internet when, out of nowhere, you’re suddenly at the mercy of a nasty virus or malware.  Sometimes you’re not even aware right away, leaving your data vulnerable to people you really don’t want having it.  While it may be a growing concern, there are things you can do to prevent that sick, sinking feeling before it’s too late.

Pay Attention To Signs

Sites like Google and Bing are often proactive in guarding your safety online.  They spend millions on the technology to display important warnings like the one seen below when a site is suspected of malicious activity.  They may not be right 100% of the time, but is it really worth the risk when whatever you’re looking for is likely available on a trusted site?

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These generous warnings, however, are also not an excuse to let down your guard.  Always use common sense with anything you encounter online.  If it looks suspicious, think twice before clicking.  This rule applies doubly so when it comes to software found online.  Download from trusted sites and brands whenever possible.

Your Smartphone Is A Computer

It may be small, but that smartphone in your pocket is a computer.  As such, it is susceptible to many of the same issues a desktop or laptop computer can fall victim to.  More concerning is the idea that something so small, that travels with you constantly, can be forgotten or stolen in an instant. That said, it is surprising how many people fail to protect their smartphone, especially when it’s so easy.  The moment I knew it was an option, I downloaded an app on my iPhone that allows me to remotely lock or even completely wipe my iPhone in the event of loss or theft.  Last week, my wife was showing me the similar app she installed on her Android phone.  It’s not hours of entertainment, but it may be the single most important install one day.

Firewalls, Anti-Virus and Andti-Malware Software

It’s hard to buy a PC these days without a pre-configured firewall built in and running right out of the box.  The more advanced viruses, trojans, and malware become, the less you can rely on common sense alone.  I know because I have strict viewing, clicking, and downloading rules to prevent viruses and trojans and one day, I found myself with a trojan anyway.  Not a day has gone by since that I have been without anti-virus software.

Treat Your Computer Like Your Car

Imagine this.  Your close friend asks to borrow your car but you know he has crashed his own car countless times as a result of reckless driving.  Would you hand over the keys?  If you don’t mind the increased risk that you’ll be without the use of a car, go right ahead.  Apply this same thinking to your computer.  If your friend is constantly winding up with malware and trojans on his computer, the odds that he’ll put yours out of commission are certainly increased.  If you have kids, create their own account or accounts, with limited privileges, to help reduce the risk of something bad happening.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kaspersky. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.If you’re like me, you’re addicted to your smartphone, tablet, maybe even your laptop. What is your best tip for keeping all of your devices secure? Comment below and you’ll be entered to win a $400 Amazon gift card from Kaspersky Lab.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kaspersky. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.
If you’re like me, you’re addicted to your smartphone, tablet, maybe even your laptop. What is your best tip for keeping all of your devices secure? Comment below and you’ll be entered to win a $400 Amazon gift card from Kaspersky Lab.
One way to protect all of your devices is with Kaspersky ONE Universal Security. Download your FREE trial today.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kaspersky. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

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VIPRE Anti-Virus Passed My Deep Scan


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This post brought to you by Sunbelt Software. All opinions are 100% mine.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying out VIPRE Antivirus software. It’s a different anti-virus solution that also has anti-malware and other security features built in.

VIPRE antivirus

Features I Expected

Any anti-virus software I use needs to do a few things at a bare minimum on top of the obvious virus scanning. It should keep its virus definitions up to date regularly. Anti-virus software isn’t much good if a new virus slips by. VIPRE was updating every 2-5 days, it seemed. I think it even updated twice in a day. It’s good to know it was polling the server often enough to get new information quickly. Email should also be protected. I’ve always said you should never open any attachment you don’t trust and that isn’t expected, but it’s better to have anti-virus software that will catch those emails before you even see them. VIPRE does that, too. Finally, any anti-virus software worth its salt will perform real-time scans. When a new file is introduced to your computer via a download or any other means, VIPRE scans it right away.

Other things I like to see from my anti-virus software are detailed information about a virus or threat, notifications when something is found and the ability to choose my own actions for each threat or set defaults. VIPRE covered all these bases pretty well. The only thing I didn’t see that I have been spoiled with in the past is a web resource with even more detail and the ability to see new threats that I should be aware of. VIPRE does have a Global Threat Level displayed on the main screen that, I imagine will shoot right to the maximum when some crazy new virus starts wreaking havoc on large networks.

Extra Features

This is where VIPRE stands out from the crowd. From the main screen, I clicked a Tools tab that had the following added functionality. I hadn’t expected it, but I did appreciate its presence.

Secure File Eraser
This says it completely removes all traces of files but I was unable to try it as it’s not available in my 64 bit Windows. When you delete a file in Windows, you’re really just deleting the ability to see or open it while leaving the file’s data on the hard drive. There’s software that will let you recover files that have been deleted and there’s software that will allow you to completely wipe a file out. That’s what this does.

History Cleaner
History Cleaner clears search and browse histories from many applications, like you might expect. You just select the programs you want to clear your information from and it does it all for you. Like the Secure File Eraser, it’s not really needed as a part of an anti-virus package, but it’s a nice added tool.

PC Explorer
Windows has a lot of settings that can be hard to get to or even understand. PC Explorer is kind of like a dashboard for all the things software might install or change on your computer that you should be aware of. With short descriptions where available, VIPRE tries to simplify the process of manually keeping your system clean from garbage you don’t need. They do a good job of it, too. I’m pretty discriminate about what I let software install or change on my PC, but most people would be surprised at what they’ll find under the hood. Each of the following provides a list of items that are marked as safe, unknown, suspicious, or hazardous with the ability to whitelist things:

– Downloaded Active X components
– Running internet applications
– Running processes
– Startup programs
– BHOs
– Windows host file
– Windows LSPs
– Shell Execute Hooks

These are things you should be looking at now and then and if you aren’t, make it a new year’s resolution.

Final Thoughts

While VIPRE could stand to expand their anti-virus efforts beyond just the software and feel a little more community friendly like a couple of the larger outfits out there, saying that the software is feature-rich is an understatement. The added tools eliminates the need for additional software packages, and helps make it an all-in-one solution. Most of all, VIPRE’s footprint, both in terms of system resources and my wallet is about half that of other solutions. Although it still takes a long time to scan my gazillion files, the memory and CPU hit are both pretty minimal and the license is only about $30 for a year. If you’re not already using VIPRE, download it and give it a shot.

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