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Protecting your Computer while Making Money Online

As you know there are many options to make money online. You’re not restricted to employer – employee/independent contractor status. So whether you’re choosing to make a supplemental income from participating in “get paid to” programs, affiliate marketing and the likes, you need to keep your computer up and running smoothly so you can make that income you’re looking for from the comfort of your home. Here are some free goodies to start you off. As always, you can always upgrade or buy the software.

Mozilla Firefox is the better browser to use than Internet Explorer. There are a lot less security holes and it makes for a faster and safer browsing experience.

Antivirus software is a definite must. You can download AVG for free and it works just as well as the well-known Norton and McAfee.

Firewall. Although Microsoft Windows comes with their built in firewall, it’s simply not enough. It’s a very basic firewall that can’t be customized. Again, you can download ZoneAlarm Free version.

Spyware and Adware removal tools. This is important to have if you use traffic exchanges or paid to surf sites to promote your programs. Spyware can slow your computer down considerably. I recommend Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware SE Personal.

Here are some free sites to help troubleshoot any computer problems:

Castle Cops is a tech support forum for all your computer needs by providing education and health in online security and privacy.

PC Pit Stop is a free computer checkup and diagnostics can help yu detect and fix many common PC problems.

It is recommended you defragment your hard drive at least once a month or more. If you download a lot of things, I would defrag more frequently. This will optimize your PC’s performance and when you open files it won’t take your computer so long to find it.

With these tips, you and your computer should be business as usual 24/7!

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