Urgent this week:
- If you haven't installed surge suppressors on all of your computers, don't wait another minute. It should be your highest computing priority before the spring storm season arrives.
- Take care not to destroy your computer with static electricity. Wear rubber-soled shoes (if possible) when using your computer, try to discharge static before touching the machine, and isolate your CPU from the ground if at all possible.
Important to do every week:
- Run a backup of your important computer files and store it in a safe location.
- Update your anti-spyware software and run it. If you need free anti-spyware software, download Spybot Search and Destroy.
- Update your anti-virus software and run it. If you need free anti-virus software, download AVG Anti-Virus.
Other recommended security measures:
- Set up a limited-access user account on your computer and use it for most purposes. Only use administrator mode when installing and uninstalling programs.
- Use Firefox, Opera, Safari, or another web browser other than Internet Explorer. They're easy to install.
Online crook of the week:
- You don't have a rich relative who died in a terrorist attack, leaving no heirs except you, his long-lost cousin:
This scam isn't just criminal, it's mean -- defiling the memory of those who really did die in terrorist attacks
- For the record: 61 spam messages received in one hour on Friday, for a Spam Index of 10,248
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