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4 Ways Computers Get Infected (and How to Stay Clean)

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If you have a computer, chances are you worry about an infection. And perhaps you should – in the third quarter of 2012, 13 percent of home networks were infected, according to Kindsight Security Labs.

But have you ever wondered how malicious and other undesirable software gets onto your computer? When it comes to answering that question, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that it’s pretty easy to get infected. The good news is, most malware is introduced as a result of a user’s actions – which means there’s a lot you can do to avoid it.

Get some tips on things to watch out for in my new article on SeniorPlanet.org: http://seniorplanet.org/4-ways-computers-get-infected-and-how-to-avoid-them/

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Cyber Monday: Protecting Your Personal Info From Cybercrooks

Cyber Monday, the online version of Black Friday, means great online deals for consumers – but cyber crooks may be taking advantage, too. As one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday is a huge opportunity for hackers to tap into increased consumer traffic.

Could you become a victim of a cyber attack? Definitely. According to a report published earlier this year, some 14 percent of home computer networks in the United States are infected with malware – an umbrella term that includes a range of Internet-borne computer infections including viruses, worms, spyware and Trojan horses. Once unleashed in your computer, malware can make your computer act unpredictably, gather your personal info and even gain access to your computer system and mess around in there.  How can you keep your computer – and your bank account – safe? Check out some dos and don’ts in my new article on SeniorPlanet.org: http://bit.ly/TnrRoL

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