Got a new PC or mobile device? Well, when you buy a PC, laptop, mobile or tablet it is a big investment, and it can be a pretty exciting time. From engaging in online activities to getting lost in toying with the emerging technologies that will continue to transform the world and improve human welfare. A new device opens up an enormous amount of opportunities to be ever more connected online.
With these new experiences, come new difficult tasks to preserve your identity and personal data wile surfing online. Let’s face it, we all did this, when we got a new PC or mobile device; we just rushed in and used it without taking any additional precautions. I still remember a few years ago (2003), there was this worm called Blaster Worm (also known as Lovsan, Lovesan or MSBlast). Read more about it on wikipedia.
At the time you could get infected at a glance, if you didn’t have a firewall set up. I remember people were installing a clean Windows XP and putting it online (without a firewall), and watch it get infected within minutes. The damn “Lovesan” was not essentially dangerous for an infected computer.
The worm does not delete, alter or steals your data. Its threat was in malfunction of internet work in general. You will keep getting the “Shutdown in 60 seconds” dialog and I still remember we had to click on Start / Run, and execute command ‘shutdown -a’ many times and it was so annoying until Microsoft released two different patches (MS03-026 and MS03-039) on its website. And if you install Windows XP Service Pack 2 your computer won’t be vulnerable to the Blaster worm.
I’m just curious if anyone who is reading this relates in any way or remembers the good old days struggling with the Lovesan virus? If anyone has any similar stories or anything at all, please feel free to reach out to me. It will make me feel better knowing that I am not the only one on God’s green Earth that remembers the Lovesan story!
But what this story got to do with keeping your new PC or mobile device safe? Well, the point is before buying a new PC or device you should consider buying a software package in order to protect you against malware, ransomeware, and phishing scams and lets you back up and restore your files. In addition, look for software that can remotely lock and wipe mobile devices if they are stolen or lost. To protect your PCs and devices, you have two choices: Either install a free security solution or purchase a subscription based security solution.
Read on this Infographic to help you get the most from your new tech.
If you have any tips about creating a more secure digital lifestyle I am all ears, online life is real life! Thank you. If you have questions on how to secure your mobile device, I’m here – and I’m ready to help.
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