Keeping your Computer Safe During the Holidays

By John Janette Jr, Lindel Computers and Technology

Lindel Computers would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

We are at the beginning of another cold winter, and most people are staying in and using their computers more than usual. This is a great way to entertain and get work done. With the holidays coming up, many people will also be making purchases and doing their taxes online without having to go out in the winter weather. Unfortunately, it also gives the people that try to access your computers time to sit and figure out ways to gather all the information you have stored on your computer. It is critical to have everything safe and secure to avoid any future problems.

Would you like to know which websites you can trust? Download Web of Trust for free at www.mywot.com. The WOT add-on shows you which websites you can trust based on millions of users experiences. It is a browser plug-in that is easy to install and has information on use at their site. Below are some tips found on the WOT website.

“We don’t mean to make you paranoid, but these are the questions you should at least think of before sharing your private information on the web:
To whom are you giving your information?
Do you know why they need it?
Do you know what they will do with it?
Do you know if they store it? If so, for how long?
Will they sell it to third parties?

You can follow these steps before you share any information to reduce the chance it might end up in wrong hands:
Check if the site has a visible privacy policy
Check what the site’s WOT rating is under the “privacy” component
Give only information that you absolutely must
Use a throwaway email address if you don’t trust the site
Never use the same password on unimportant sites that you use on the ones you trust and care about
Always keep a close eye on your mail, email, credit card and bank accounts. No matter how careful you are with sharing your information, you can never be 100% sure.

Also, you might not be the weak link; in these digital times information given offline is most likely handled online also.”

Having regular tune-ups and making sure virus protection is up to date and in working order is also critical . Just give Lindel Computers a call at 302-519-7000 and we will make sure that everything is in perfect working order. Stay informed, do your research, and practice safe computing.

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