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SwampGeek Guide to Windows Safe Browsing, Security, Privacy
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With increase of online usage, the number and sophistication of attacks against personal computers are on the rise. The How-To Geek offers some excellent advice on "Basic Computer Security: How to Protect Yourself from Viruses, Hackers, and Thieves." This primarily focuses on real-time and reactive detection and blocking.  It also suggests being aware of scams, avoiding malicious links in email (assuming you know they're malicious), and how to protect your information when using the Internet and email.

But it leaves out other important ways to protect yourself and your computer, including recovery / backups and preventive (vs. reactive) blocking of malicious software (aka malware).  These can be especially important in the age of ransomware, encryption, spoofing, phishing, pharming, and the old stand-bys from the 1980s: adware, keyloggers, spyware, trojan horses, viruses and worms. 

Here are the SwampGeek recommendations to protect yourself against malware, invasion of privacy, drive failures and more using powerful, free software:


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