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On Computer Security

I’ve got a few tips for computer security after my last class on the topic. These are tips anyone can use.

Try the browser Codomo, which is fast and was designed for security. The website states that it’s a fast browser (which has been my experience) that offers top notch security against malware (that’s hard for me to determine).

My teacher uses LastPass to save her passwords, which is a free service to manage passwords. She is clear not to recommend it for fear she could be sued, it seems. (At her old school no one at the Help Desk could touch a student’s computer because they might be sued. (Geez. Our litigious society certain harms us.) I’ve started using it and like the ease of generating long passwords that are hard to crack yet easy for me because I don’t have to remember them.

You know how when you take an interest in a site or article often you have to register your email, yet you don’t want to give them your email and thereby start a long term relationship and you’ll be hearing from whatever company almost daily. My teacher mentioned that you can use 10 Minute Mail, which is like Trash Mail. You open an account to get an email address to give to a service you’re a bit interested in. 10 Minute Mail is just that, an account that allows you to give an email to a site, get verified and then forget about this address which will be deleted after 10 minutes. I like 10 Minute Mail better than Trash Mail, which requires you to provide another email address.

Also, I’ve now subscribed to the Consumer Reports’ webpages on Internet and Computer Security. They’re quite comprehensive and I can’t constantly search possible problems to stay up-to-date.

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