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Staying Safe Online This Holiday Season

December 13th, 2010 12:59 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Given the recent rash of hacks, let’s talk a little about staying safe this holiday. You probably don’t need this guide, so pass it on to someone who does like your brother-in-law, dad, or parole officer.

Online safety and security is no laughing matter and this holiday thousands of us will wake up to empty bank accounts and zeroed PapPal balances if we’re not careful. What’s worse, your family will probably turn to you as the de facto Christmas Dinner IT guy so you’ll have to spent most of the 24th killing malware and spyware. To that end, here are a few tips and tricks to help you and yours through the season.

Give the Gift of Linux – The best thing you can do for your non-computer-savvy relative or friend is install Linux. Before you laugh, hear me out. Linux is great if all you’re doing is surfing the Internet and maybe writing some documents. Everything else, including photo sharing, is all cloud-based now anyway. Best of all, you won’t have to spend hours deleting junk out of the browser cache and you can do it all remotely via a VNC or an SSH connection. What more could you ask for?

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