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Turn on a firewall for extra protection as needed

Firewalls are staples of enterprise security and they can be useful for individuals, too. A firewall blocks incoming connections, which in some cases may be needed to protect against rogue traffic from apps like BitTorrent clients. Firewall capabilities are built into Windows and macOS.

Make your PC or Mac log off after a set period of time

Once you leave your computer, you don’t want someone else gaining unauthorized access to it. Setting an automatic logoff timer ensures that it’s not vulnerable when you step away for an extended period. This can be done easily on both Windows and macOS.

Encrypt your hard drive in case your PC is ever lost or stolen

Losing your computer can be as bad as losing your wallet or purse, since it probably contains a lot of extractable personal information, including financial details. Disk encryption eliminates this risk by making all data on your hard drive inaccessible to anyone without a specific key (password). Use FileVault on macOS or BitLocker on Windows […]

Use system restore points as hedges against performance issues

If your computer starts slowing down and doesn’t respond to reboots or other tweaks, it might be time to revert it to a system restore point. System restore functionality is native to both macOS and Windows. If enabled, it allows you to fully reset your operating system to a backup originally created when everything was […]

3 common myths about malware

Most computer users have at least heard of malware. They know that infections of their PCs, phones or tablets with threats such as viruses and ransomware can lead to performance slowdowns and exposure of personal data. But there’s some truth to the saying that a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Awareness of […]