Getting Comfortable With The Basics


Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Microsoft Safety Scanner – Do you think your PC has a virus?

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

Gmail 2-step verification – Using 2-step verification will help prevent strangers from accessing your account with just a stolen password. When you sign in with 2-step verification, you’ll verify your identity using both a password and a code that you receive on your phone.

Tech Safety Tips for Seniors by

Use this guide if you or a loved one is a senior and needs tech safety tips about computers, smartphones, emails, protecting private information, and more!

GlassWire displays your network activity on an easy-to-understand graph while searching for unusual Internet behavior that could indicate malware or violations of your privacy.

Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. I do not recommend Malwarebytes! Glenn

Get Safe Online: – Use Webmail wisely.

Before giving away or disposing of an old PC wipe the drive. Darik’s Nuke and Boot are free utility programs that erase your information. When you give the machine away, passing along the recovery discs, manuals and original CDs for any other programs on the computer will help your friend.

UnPlug n’ Pray empowers all Windows users with the means to shut down the dangerous and unnecessary UPnP Internet server running in their machines.

Secure your home wireless network

A NAT Router’s Inherent Security – Although NAT routers are not generally purchased for their security benefits, all NAT routers inherently function as very effective hardware firewalls. As a hardware firewall, they prevent “unsolicited”, unexpected, unwanted, and potentially annoying or dangerous traffic from the public Internet from passing through the router and entering the user’s private LAN network.


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