Protect Your Computer
Security issues are a major issue with the modern Internet, and often come from innocuous sources through malicious advertising and hidden code. But there are basic steps you can take to protect your computer from invasion or infection.
Install Security Software
Install a robust anti-virus application on your computer. There are many free options available that offer strong detection and removal. We recommend enabling real-time scanning and set the application to automatically scan your entire system weekly.
Note: To prevent conflicts with Clear Computing software, be sure to exclude Microsoft SQL installation and Total Activity Control Program files from all scans. This will avoid false positives.
Not all problems are software-based. To protect from surges and power outages, we recommend purchasing a UPS (uninterrupted power source) battery backup. This will allow you to safely shut down you computer in the event of a power outage, avoiding data loss and corruption.
Any standard UPS will suffice, though we recommend a model that supports auto-shutdown. Here is an example:
Switch to a Modern Browser
The best protection against malicious code is a safe web browser. Modern browsers have much better built-in security and support add-ons that can protect you further. Switch to Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Apple Safari and install the following add-ons.
Block Malicious Ads
Modern internet advertising is a wild place, and too many ads carry malicious code that can install malware into your computer silently and automatically. Block them from reaching your computer with an ad blocker add-on. We recommend installing both AdBlock Plus and Ghostery, as they each specialize in different areas of protection.