Computer Security

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As in all these blog posts, any pictures below are all linked to full-sized versions.


So many people have been having their private accounts hacked at social media outlets, especially Facebook, that I'm worried they may have malicious programs on their computers - once you change your password at a website after a security breach, your account shouldn't be hacked AGAIN. Here are the security tools I use regularly to keep my information safe.


Sophos Home Sophos Antivirus used to only be available to enterprise customers. Now you can have the same level of protection on your home computer - FOR FREE


Malwarebytes THE anti-malware, anti-spyware scan you should be using. The free version runs on-demand, you can set the paid version to run on a schedule.

Password Management 

LastPass Never forget a password again. LastPass is a browser add-on that works in Google Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. You can either set your own passwords or let LastPass set a random password for websites. When you visit the website and are prompted to login, LastPass will automatically fill in your username and password.

Startup Monitoring

WinPatrol Monitor which programs startup when you start your computer. Malicious programs can be installed without your knowledge and do serious damage to you and your online accounts. WinPatrol lets you monitor the startups on your computer, and delete any that you don't recognize.

Ad Blocker

HOSTS file More of a convenience now, this little gem blocks most ads from showing up. More and more sites are letting you know they hate your ad blocker, but I still enjoy the ad-free view.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something here - I'll update as I remember things.