By Syd Tash ( Tuesday 13 May 2008)
Since we are talking about updates and protecting your computer, let’s take a quick look at the schedule you should be following, to keep safe online. To begin with, you should have an antivirus program, a firewall and two spyware remover programs. Why two? Well, often one will catch what the other misses.
The lines between these programs are blurring these days, as antivirus software gets better at catching a wider range of malware than strictly viruses. Still, you should be equipped with these three types of programs. OK, here we go:
1. Every day, before you start surfing the Internet, update your antivirus software, or check that it updates itself automatically;
2. After you have finished surfing for the day, run one of your antispyware programs. Do a full antivirus scan of your computer;
3. Once a week, update your antispyware programs;
4. Every two weeks or so, check for Windows updates and updates to your firewall.
That’s it. Happy (and safe!) surfing.
Syd Tash is a noted computer security consultant and author of How to Protect Your Computer Online. He has been keeping Internet surfers safe and secure since the last century. Find out how he does it; protect your own computer with five layers of protection right here:
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