When using public computers in the library, internet cafe, etc, or where others can have access to your
personal computers, or even if you use your laptop in public wifi, it is important that you protect you
privacy from hackers. Identity thief, credit card thief, data thief are very common and very real, it's just
that you don't know about it. Ever wonder why you receive so many spam emails? If you ever do virus scanning, you
will or sure detect hundreds of spy wares, cookies, viruses, Trojans, etc, some harmless while others sit quietly,
stealing all your private data, passwords, credit cards information, etc. If you use a Free Virus Software or an
Illegal Copy, chances are you will not detect any true and dangerous viruses and Trojans, so getting a Licensed
Copy which are updated properly is the best thing you can do to protect yourself.
To protect your privacy from hackers, viruses, Trojans, spy wares, you can do any of the
Protect Privacy in Browsers
Internet browsers such as Googlies & Internet Explorer are most commonly used. These are all semi open
systems, which means that Software Developers can easily write short programs to run within the browsers. Googlies
is famous for this. This simply means hackers can also write add-on programs running in the background, stealing
your every data, without you knowing it !Therefore it is important that you clear all your private data and
sites visited so that hackers would not be able to steal your private data. As an example, if you access your
facebook, twitter, emails, chat, banking accounts, or even just to log into your files, etc, hackers can easily
install a program which can log your key strokes, passwords, and even what sites you visit. Surely these will be
used to their advantage as and when they want. In short... do your utmost to protect your privacy if you are using
a Computer in any environment, whether an office network, a public domain or the internet. Remember this - Nothing
is private anymore once you use a computer, you cannot run away from it but you can minimise damage to yourself,
your loved ones and protect the innocent, your kids
Internet browsers like Googlies and Internet Explorer will keep cookies and save
private data passwords etc on you computer hard disk. To prevent others from accessing your passwords, or sites you
have visited, you can do the following :-
"Click"... TOOLS-->CLEAR PRIVATE DATA....."Checked ALL".... and Click CLEAR
PRIVATE DADA NOW.
"Click"... TOOLS --->OPTIONS--->PRIVACY tab---> Unchecked ALL HISTORY,
Unchecked COOKIES.... CHECKED ALWAYS CLEAR MY PRIVATE DATA WHEN I CLOSE FIREFOX... "Click" SETTINGS...."Checked
ALL"..... "still under" PRIVATE DATA.... "click tab" CLEAR NOW
GENERAL TAB.... TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES..."Click" DELETE
COOKIES.....HISTORY....."click" CLEAR HISTORY.
Format Hard Disk
If you find that your computer is getting slower and slower or behave strange or windows keep reporting errors,
and no matter what you tweet around simply doesnt work anymore, it all means that the viruses, Trojans, spywares
are already embedded deep inside your hard disk. They are unmovable, cannot be erased or killed, even if you
install a licensed virus software. This is the time when you can either change and buy a new hardisk, or simply
reformat the hardisk and reinstall fresh all the software and files.
Hardisk will last a long time if you do not abuse and rough handling the computer. As a general guide, for heavy
users, harddisk should be changed every 3 years, and for light users, 5 years, and for those does not have any
important data stored, just use the hardisk, with regular reformat, until it stopped working before buying a
new one. Spare harddisk can be used for computers which do not store important data, or for those where storage and
software are all based on Internet Online
Clear Private Data
If you are using Windows XP to clear private data do this :-
START-->SETTINGS--->CONTROL PANEL--->INTERNET OPTIONS---> GENERAL
TAB.... TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES..."Click" DELETE COOKIES.....HISTORY....."click" CLEAR
START-->SETTINGS--->CONTROL PANEL-->WINDOWS FIREWALL---> GENERAL tab... "checked radio button" ON (RECOMMENDED)
EXCEPTIONS tab..."checked those" PROGRAM AND SERVICES you want.
If not sure, just "unchecked ALL or better still" DELETE "all"