Hygiene
in The Digital Public Square

You’re less incognito than you think.

Malicious apps, theft, spam, cyber stalking, censorship, surveillance.
There are no foolproof answers to risk online.
But there is advice to help.

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How can I prevent my computer from malfunctioning

How can I prevent my computer from malfunctioning

Like any machine with a huge number of components, a computer could theoretically break at any time – whether through physical or water damage, or simply because of a malfunctioning component. More often than not a computer malfunction is caused by buggy or conflicting software. The infamous blue screen of death will be familiar to any longtime Windows user. Simply put:

  • ”’Do not rely”’ on your computer as the sole repository for your data – have a backup on a removable storage medium.
  • Make sure your backup is on a secure (encrypted) medium and is kept in a different physical location (e.g. keeping your backup in the same office as the original, is not a good idea)
  • Keep handy a live USB so as to access your hard disk without having to go through the (malfunctioning) operating system

In any case, make sure you have an up-to-date backup


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