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Tech Terror: Hackers, Viruses and Bugs, Oh My

I've been asking readers to submit their worst tech terror stories so we can revel in our shared horror tech stories and learn from one another's experiences. Teamsugar user Bookworm1 recently admitted she adores using computers, but is always on the lookout for a bug.

I love computers because they are so practical and fun to use. However, in this age of internet there's always the threat of being hacked or getting viruses. Even though I am very careful with where I go and what I do I am still a terrified little bunny.

For my tips for making sure you aren't susceptible to hackers, just

For the most part, the average internet user isn't terribly vulnerable to hackers, so long as he or she takes the proper steps to prevent an open window, but PC virus attacks on the other hand seem to be a constant problem.

  • E-mail protection: When you create your e-mail account make sure your password is a genuine password. As in, something that your friends or enemy (a hacker) couldn't guess. It helps to combine letters and numbers. Also, if you're going to be logging in at a public computer make sure you always log out.
  • Virus protection: Make virus scanning a regular part of your online life and never click on popups, e-mails or downloads from unknown or mysterious sources. If you think you're vulnerable to viruses, set up a firewall, and run your scanner religiously.
  • Website protection: If you have your own website or blog, make sure all your passwords are as strong as your e-mail passwords, but not the same.
  • For more information, check out the Microsoft Virus page.

    Join my Tech Terror group and share your worst tech stories. I'll feature the best of the worst on geeksugar with my prevention suggestions.

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The one that always gets us is the search, when it brings up a search result from like live search or something, but when you click on it, it's not what you expected. Just last week that happened to ME - it's usually The Man who does it because he doesn't read the descriptions of the webpage - which I always do. But I clicked and there were POP POP POP-UPs and Norton was going all crazy... It's scary because we bought a Vaio with a 'bad' motherboard. We got a virus and even after having it wiped twice, it was still all messed up. We had to send it back to Sony and have them replace it - the whole process took like two months! I thought I was going to die without my comp! Other things to remember: NOTHING IS EVER FREE YOU DIDN'T WIN ANYTHING NAUGHTY WEBSITES HAVE VERY BAD CONSEQUENCES
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