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5 ways to protect your computer

Are you always worried that your computer will get hacked and you will lose everything? Me too! I looked around to find ways for us to keep our computers protected and came up with some great tips. 

5 Ways to keep your computer protected during Heartbleed

When these viruses first come out it’s hard not to freak out. It makes me want to ask my kids to not get on my computer. My computer is how I feed my family so if they wipe it out I’m in trouble. Here’s some tips so that we can all rest a bit easier with this latest outbreak. 

1. Back up your computer regularly so you are always able to go back to a recent version of what you had on your computer. This is so important.  Go do a backup right now! What are you waiting for? Back it up!

2. Only go to trusted sites that your Norton by Symantec tell you are ok. If you’ve not downloaded the latest Norton product make sure you do so and make sure all your antivirus products are up to date.  If you are in need of getting the protection offered by Norton By Symantec make sure you download it and get your coupon codes first.  I found a $40 off at the coupons.com site. That’s a huge savings. 

3. Turn off your computer when you are not using it. Turning off your computer means others can not access it when it’s sitting idle. Yes, people can access your computer just because it is on. Does it happen often, probably not. But more than you think.  You can also change your passwords once every three months. Changing them ensures if anyone has gotten access that they lose it as soon as you’ve changed it. So think about changing your passwords more frequently. 

4. If a pop up occurs that you’ve never seen before do not trust it. They pop up all the time saying you’ve got a virus and need to download this or that to get it clean. This is how they get access to your computer. My suggestion if a pop up like this does occur to shut your computer down. Immediately.  Then run a virus scan and check to make sure nothing got in.

5. Check your social media settings. Make them more private than public. You don’t want people having access to your information like your birthdate, education or work activities. They can use those to make new accounts. So keep everything you can private. This is just a good practice. 

Use these 5 Ways to Keep your Computer Protected and use them now! 

When new viruses emerge it’s always great to make sure you are as protected as you can be. There’s no need to freak out if you are careful when you are online. Norton can help. What other ways do you use to ensure that your computer stays protected? Share them with me in a comment so I can add them to this post~ 


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  1. Jenni Polly Eaves says:

    Yes, those pop ups you mentioned are vile! I have a new laptop with a free trial of Norton’s and I love it so much. I think I’ll go ahead and make the purchase after the trial is over!

  2. Awesome! I love Norton and the protection it offers me. I’m terrified of losing everything to one of those spammy emails.

  3. Pop ups are the absolute worst! Norton is known for top quality protection and I love that they can block every single pop up that comes along.

  4. Oh lord – I haven’t turned off my laptop in years. Unless the power goes out, my laptop is on.

  5. I hate pop-ups! I actually don’t allow them in my browser (except for certain sites.) All of these are great tips. I need to check one of my computers when I get home to be sure it has the latest updates!

  6. I’m proud to be a mac user, which is far less susceptible to viruses. I used to average one a year with my pc, ad nary a one with my 6+ mac years.

    • that’s awesome. I wish I could have afforded one when we bought my new computer. they are pricey.

  7. Marvelous Mommy says:

    I’ve gotten better about backing up my computer! I have over 60K photos I don’t want to lose!

  8. karenssunnysoirees says:

    Great tips! I just heard of this virus the other day. I am so bad about backing up my computer and I really need to do this stat!

  9. reading all these coupons.com posts amazes me at what type of discounts they are offering . I thought it was only grocery coupons!

  10. Brett Martin (@brettbmartin) says:

    it scares me how much people can hack into of our lives on computers now!! yikes!

    • I know I’ve heard of them turning on cameras and being able to see in your house. that freaks me out.

  11. Jessica says:

    This whole thing has been freaking me out. I must have spent at least an hour changing passwords and backing important files up yesterday. It’s crazy that people can actually get your info so easily.

  12. Louida (@EarningFreeCash) says:

    Thank you for these tips. That heartbleed virus is very scary and is a reminder to always change your passwords often and backup your stuff. I really hate hackers!

  13. Dawn Lopez (@dawnchats) says:

    Ooh great tips! You can never be too safe online, even when you are home innocently surfing the net! Thanks for spreading awareness too!

  14. Jennifer Buggica (@JBuggica) says:

    Ugh viruses are so lame. Thanks for the info!

  15. Valerie Gray (@valmg) says:

    Terrific tips! That’s a great savings on Norton!

  16. That’s a great reminder about turning the computer off. I’m guilty of that at times.

  17. casavilorainteriors says:

    What will those crooks and scammers think of next? It’s so disgusting that they prey on people like this

  18. Christie says:

    I need to remember to turn off! So hard as a blogger to remember 🙂

    • especially because we want it up and running at a moments notice. Better to turn it off at night or when you are out though.

  19. Krissy Higgins (@Krissy_r) says:

    Thanks for sharing – I need to remember to turn my computer off, I’m horrible about that.

  20. keikilanij says:

    I really need to make sure I am protected better! Thank you for sharing.

  21. My husband just told me about that. Its so crazy. We changed all our passwords and need a better way to protect our stuff.

  22. Pop ups are a nemesis. They are beyond annoying. Thanks for the tips.

  23. teresa mccluskey says:

    My FIL just took off a crap ton of viruses on my computer and he also added some viruses protection

  24. Great tips! I reset my passwords yesterday – and forgot them all this morning! (FACE PALM!)

  25. Great tips! It’s scary how reliant we are on technology and how quickly things can get messed up!

  26. Debra Fazio-Rutt says:

    Thanks for the helpful and timely tips. I changed all my passwords yesterday – regardless if they were on the Heartbleed list or not just to be sure!

  27. thriftyjinxy says:

    These are some good tips. I need to read up more on HeartBleed. I have been traveling these last few days and don’t have the full story yet!

  28. Good tips on the social media. I’m going to sit down this weekend and figure out how to tweak a few things to be private that aren’t right now.

  29. Christina Shirley says:

    My laptop is pretty much always on. Unless the battery died. And I haven’t changed my passwords in years 🙁

  30. Krystal says:

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! I get so scared with all these security breaches!

  31. This whole Heartbleed thing is some scary stuff. Thanks for the great tips on protecting my computer!

  32. sippycupmom says:

    Yikes! I never turn off my PC! Looks like I need to change my passwords too!

  33. Desiree Morris says:

    Thank you for the wonderful tips! I have my own personal preference on an antivirus system, but I have family who rely on Norton’s.

  34. Excellent tips! Heartbleed is a scary frustrating virus! Grrr!

  35. One of the first things that I did upon hearing about this was check to make sure my antivirus was updated. I’ve been doing scans each day ever since 🙂