Protection for Your PC - Painless and Free!

Viruses, Bugs, Worms, Dataminers, Spybots, and Trojan horses. The Internet is a veritable minefield of things that can invade your PC and affect it's Security and Performance.

You can do something about it and you can do it FREE, using some or all of the following programs and tips.

Anti-Virus protection.

One of the best Free programs for this is AntiVir Personal Edition Anti-Virus software. Download it from: http://www.free-av.com Install on your PC and leave it running to block any incoming bugs or viruses! It can also be used to scan your system for any previous invasions, but be patient, this takes about 15 minutes to complete. Worth running periodically, to check all is ok.

FireWalls and Broadband.

If you are on Broadband, consider using Firewall software. Most good ISP's now supply free. (eg AOL). If yours doesn't, you can get a reasonably good Free personal firewall system from 'ZoneAlarm' at http://www.zonelabs.com . Tip ? DON'T leave your PC connected to the Internet when you are not using it! Reduce the chance of something loading while you are not monitoring things !

SpyBot finders and Ad blockers.

Various programs available on the web, both 'Paid' and 'Free'. You can get good results from using 2 Free packages that are available. These are 'SpyBot Search & Destroy' and 'Ad-Aware'. Downloads available at http://www.lavasoft.de for AD-Aware http://www.safer-networking.org for SpyBot Using both of these packages ensures that, you get with one, any 'bots' that the other one misses.

Suspect you have a virus?

If you think you already have a virus, a good Free tool for checking and killing them is McAfee Stinger. Free download at: http://us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=stinger

Some General Tips

Get in the habit of, every time you disconnect from the web, deleting ALL files from the following folders:

C:/WINDOWS/Cookies
C:/WINDOWS/Temporary Internet

Beware 'Boys Toys' and 'Freebies'! Think, if someone wants to spread a bug, get tracking software onto your PC etc, the best place for them to do it is places where you go to get 'freebies' to download! The above sites are normally 'ad free', but be aware that if you download porn, free music, free games, free software, there is often a 'price' to pay. Always use the above programs after visiting ANY of these sorts of sites!

John Roberts is a Freelance Training Consultant and Director of JayrConsulting Ltd. (http://www.jayrconsulting.co.uk) John is also an active member of TrainerBase (http://www.trainerbase.co.uk) and is always open to discussion on any training topics.

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WATCH: State capture inquiry adjourns after security threat  eNCADeputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo postponed Thursday's proceedings following concerns over security.
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Body of security guard found hanging in Delhi  Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: Body of a security guard was found hanging inside a school premises in Swaroop Nagar of outer north district on Thursday morning.
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Home security video catches fiery prank in Chandler  AZFamilyA dangerous prank involving a firecracker nearly burned down a man's house and his truck.
Indian-American first South Asian to serve on US national security body  Economic TimesWASHINGTON: Indian-American Democratic lawmaker Raja Krishnamoorthy has been appointed as a member of a Congressional committee on intelligence, ...
Cedar Rapids police make arrests using Greene Square security camera video  kwwl.comCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — Police have charged two juvenile females in the destruction at Greene Square Park earlier this month with help from recently ...
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Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit  The RegisterThe founders of medical symptom-checker app Your.MD knew that a number of key medical information databases were "open to anyone who knows the URL", ...
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Security Waits Top an Hour at Atlanta Airport Amid Shutdown  BloombergSome airport security lanes in Atlanta, Washington and Houston were closed as the Transportation Security Administration continued to grapple with more ...
What Financial Services Executives Need To Know About Data Security  ForbesThe financial services industry experiences 35% of all data breaches, earning it the unflattering title of the most-breached sector. It's easy to understand why.
Bus security guard accused in North Las Vegas murder of elderly passenger  FOX5 Las VegasNORTH LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- North Las Vegas police arrested a bus security guard in the December death of an elderly passenger.
Drunk Security Guard Attacks Woman With Knife In Delhi's Dwarka: Police  NDTV NewsA 24-year-old woman was injured after she was allegedly attacked with a knife by a drunk man who worked as a security guard in the Dabri area of Dwarka ...
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Eight cities where citizens live in fear, according to latest security survey  Mexico News DailyThe latest National Survey on Urban Public Security reveals that more than 90% of the adult population in eight cities feel unsafe where they live.
Rise Above The Noise In Enterprise Security  ForbesThe tech industry is a hype machine. It's not just around smart devices and virtual reality glasses and self-driving cars, it's enterprise technology too. In fact, we ...
Ring Security Cam Snooping, Location Tracking, and More Security News This Week  WIREDA German hack confession, unencrypted government sites, and more security news this week.
MasterCard Adds Security Measure to Prevent Automatic Billing After a Free Trial Finishes  News18Your online pre-subscription free trials of an app or *service* are about to get a whole lot simpler. Credit card company MasterCard has announced that it is ...
Security Report Gives A or A- Rating to 16% of Major Crypto Exchanges, None Get A+  CointelegraphIndependent security analysts at ICORating have given 16 percent of the world's biggest crypto trading platforms an A rating, and none an A+.
Cannabis Market's Rapid Growth has Created a Demand for Specialized Security Services  PRNewswireNEW YORK, January 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. legal cannabis industry has grown significantly and to the point that it now rivals large worldwide...
How digital transformation changes security needs  Information AgeAs companies look to digital transformation, they must look at security transformation as well.
Mum's Home Security Camera Appears To Capture Ghost Of Her Son  LADbibleA mum in the US claims to have been left stunned after her home security system captured what appears to be the ghost of her son.
National security advisory board's aim is to spread 'security understanding'  Economic TimesIt was decided that NSAB members would try to spread wider public understanding of Indias national security challenges, perspectives and policies.
Security expert warns Canadian man's death is 'shot fired' to mining companies in West Africa  The Globe and MailA former senior member of Canada's spy agency says the killing of Canadian citizen Kirk Woodman is a “shot fired” across the bow of other mining companies ...
OxygenOS beta 23/25 for the OnePlus 5/5T brings January security patches and Google Duo integration  XDA DevelopersNot a month has passed since the last OxygenOS update and OnePlus is already offering the next beta update for the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.
Over 140 International Airlines Affected by Major Security Breach  BleepingComputerPotential attackers could view and change private information in flight bookings made by millions of customers of major international airlines because of a ...
Genesis Partners With Blockchain Security Firm BitGo to Provide Direct Custody Operations  CointelegraphBlockchain security firm BitGo has partnered with Genesis Global Trading to enable direct trading on its custody *service*.
Indian Army calls 2018 a good year for security forces, Omar Abdullah begs to differ  Republic WorldOmar Abdullah demurred Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh's statement that claimed 2018 to be a 'great year', further founding his argument with a ...
Tesla’s reward for finding security bugs: Model 3  LivemintTesla, which can ship updates to customers via over-the-air software upgrades, launched a 'bug bounty' program in 2014 to reward researchers who uncover ...
EY collaborates with IBM to launch Security Operations Centre in India  Economic TimesNEW DELHI: With the aim of detecting, responding and addressing advanced cyber-attacks and risks encountered by organizations today, EY has collaborated ...
In a first, Haryana gets cyber security portal  The Indian ExpressIn a first, Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu launched a Cyber Security portal at the National Summit on Digital Innovation and Cyber Security in ...
Applause for Film "Uri" Shows How Much People Respect Security Forces: Piyush Goyal  News18The film, which was released on January 11, is based on the 2016 surgical strikes by the Indian Army on terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Ethereum’s Constantinople Upgrade Faces Delay Due to Security Vulnerability  CoinDeskEthereum's long-anticipated Constantinople upgrade has just been delayed after a critical vulnerability was discovered in one of the planned changes.
Security camera captured image of deceased son's spirit, Atlanta mother says  Fox NewsA grieving Atlanta mother said a spirit that looked like her deceased son was captured in her home's security camera, according to The Atlanta ...
Isro to launch exclusive satellite to help MHA secure borders  Times of IndiaIndia News: NEW DELHI: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will soon launch exclusive satellite that will help home ministry manage borders more ...
Security firms grapple with police order to deploy guards  Daily MonitorManagers of private security companies say they have shifted the extra cost of additional deployment onto their clients but the feedback is worrying.

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