I once dropped my cell phone down a drain gutter. For a moment, I panicked. How was I going to get all those calls? Then it was peaceful, and I realized how nice it is not having a phone.
That was nearly a decade ago. These days, phones and computers play an even larger role in our day-to-day lives. It’s tough to go even a few hours without a working computer or cell phone.
The best way to fix computer problems is to not even have them. This means you have to be diligent about preventive care. For example, do you have a computer-use policy at work? Do you have some written doc that explains what’s acceptable computer behavior and what is not acceptable computer behavior? This kind of policy goes a long way toward mitigating potential hazards. It’s a good idea to have a policy for the home, too. For example, is it OK for your teen to access file sharing sites from your computer?
In addition to a policy, you will also need protective software. There are several free tools available to help keep your computers safe:
Avast Antivirus Software: http://www.avast.com/en-us/index
Malwarebytes Antispyware Software: http://www.malwarebytes.org/
CCleaner PC Optimizing and Cleaning Software: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner