Outdated applications and Operating Systems (OS) are a breeding ground for malware since they often have known vulnerabilities that can only be fixed by upgrading. If you see a new version is available, install it right away. Many platforms, such as Apple iOS, even allow you to automatically schedule security updates so you don’t miss […]
If your computer starts slowing down and doesn’t respond to reboots, it could be time to return it to a system restore point. System restore functionality is native to both macOS and Windows. If enabled, it allows you to completely reset your operating system to a backup first created when all was still acting correctly.
Most computer operating systems have a “safe mode,” which is used to evade viruses and other performance issues during a reboot. It works by only running the programs that are necessary to start up the system. This allows users to troubleshoot and identify programs that are preventing the system from working normally.
Older operating systems are generally less safe than newer ones, especially if they’re connected to an IP network such as the internet. If you have any devices that do not support the latest releases of their OSes (e.g., a PC that couldn’t install Windows 10), think about replacing them with something more recent.
If you have an older PC you’re still using, consider installing a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu alongside the existing Microsoft Windows installation. While not inherently more secure, Linux-based operating systems are less frequently targeted by malware. Plus their hardware requirements are very minimal, meaning they’ll run well even on aging machines.
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