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Five Reasons Why You Need to Protect Every Device from Malware and Viruses

Five Reasons Why You Need to Protect Every Device from Malware and Viruses

It is important for every Internet user to know that if he or she does not take necessary precautions, then the Internet can be dangerous. Because of an increase in cyber-crime, we must secure all devices. If you do not take proper precaution, then your device will be vulnerable to threats that are present on the Internet. It is essential that you have an anti-virus software because it will lower the chances of downloading any harmful malware.

Here are some of the important reasons for you to protect your device by installing anti-virus protection.

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1. Keeping away viruses

Viruses are enemies of computer software, and they can do a lot of damage to your data. Each virus has an ability to compromise the safety of data in your device. Most viruses get on the computer when you download any questionable file. The defected files are mostly falsely presented as other things, and you can find them as an e-mail scam or by clicking on the wrong link.

You may think that you are careful, and there is little chance of you downloading a corrupt file, but you should know that hackers and virus creators are becoming sneakier and are building viruses that are difficult to identify and eliminate without tools like the FBI virus removal.

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If your device becomes infected with a virus, it can make the device slow. It can delete files that are necessary and critical to the efficient functioning of the computer or your phone. If you have an anti-virus software on your device, you can stop the virus from doing damage to your data. It will keep all the important files safe and secure.

2. Protection against identity theft and spyware

Spyware is software that is designed for infecting your computer for the purpose of spying on your search history and habits. The spyware looks for your personal information that is present on your phone or computer. It can allow people to steal passwords, financial data, social security numbers, credit card numbers or anything else which is important.

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Spywares are sophisticated, and they have the ability  to record data and save it in real time. It runs silently, and, as soon as you enter your payment information while shopping online, it collects the information and sends the sensitive information to the hacker who has designed the spyware to a remote location. It also results in identity theft as hackers can make purchases from your credit cards. An anti-virus is the best option for keeping the devices safe from any spyware.

3. Keeping safe from spams

Spams can be irritating because you will get a lot of ads and e-mails that are useless to you. Most people do not realize that spam is often the result of a virus that is present in your computer. If you have an anti-virus software, it will keep the virus from affecting the network. If you install the best software, then it will provide complete protection against spyware, viruses and spams.

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4. Blocking unauthorized connections

Having the anti-virus software is very handy because it will block any incoming connections that are unauthorized. It will keep your computer and the network safe from any malicious spyware and stop hackers from stealing any valuable information. It is a wall that does not allow the hackers to dig into the personal files and it will prevent any chances of identity theft.

5. Scanning data

If you are unsure if anything is wrong with a file, then you do not need to open it directly. To be on the same side, you can use the anti-virus program to scan the file before opening it. By scanning the file, you can prevent the virus from spreading, and it will help in keeping the damage to a minimum.

Protecting the devices against harmful spyware is essential if you want them to function efficiently and keep your personal information private.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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