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Published on 11/30/2014
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Bad Guys Are Hoping You Don't Read This!

I have been preaching this same sermon for several years now, but if it helps one more person? avoid the nightmare I went through, it will be worth it.

I had a Windows computer that I used for all my important work pick up some Malware on the Internet a few years back and I know how to be careful. I had an anti-virus running and at that time Windows Defender to protect against Spyware and Malware (I thought).but it snuck in anyway.

I have made my living on PC's ever since they came on the market and had always been good at eradicating any infections I managed to get, but this one was very well designed. For the next two days, I tried everything I could think of and finally reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled Windows. Fortunately I had most of my files backed up, but it surprised me how many I forgot about until I needed them again.

I'm sure there are plenty of experts out there that swear they have the solution, so this could never happen to them. The part most people overlook, is the creeps that invent this crap are coming up with new weapons faster then the experts can defend against them, so it's not if you get infected, it's when.

I am happy to report, since that happened a few years ago, I have been running trouble free and the solution I found was simple. I still have all the normal protection running on my Windows computer and get all my important work done (after I reinstalled everything over a period of a couple of months), but I seldom go online with that computer and then, only to upload to my own web hosting so I know it's pretty safe.

Everything else I do online (like typing this PR), is done on a special Internet computer that is running Mint Linux instead of Windows. It needs no protection to slow me down and runs on an older dual core Pentium I had in the back room. It's at least as fast (or faster) than my much newer machine I use for Windows. I don't do much else with it, so it doesn't take a lot of horsepower and I have seen computers that would be adequate for this task being sold on Craigslist for way less than $100. In fact I sold a Compaq with Linux a couple of weeks ago for $60 myself.

It's not hard to use at all. Once you get the operating system up, it's one click to open Firefox and you wouldn't know it wasn't running on Windows, except the fear factor is removed. It's not worth the bad guys time to attack a small cluster of Linux computers when there are millions of Windows victims begging to be controlled.

Something to think about!

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