Starting anew (a to-do list)

Bagong taon, bagong PC, este, bagong install! Bagong taon na at mag-bagong buhay.

Shucks. I finally decided to reformat my PC and start afresh, just in time for New Year. Okay lessons learned:

  1. Stop downloading freeware.
  2. Read instructions/disclaimers before installing new software.
  3. Never trust websites even the legitimate ones when downloading software. (I got hit by numerous trojans and spamware after downloading “keylogger detector” from Download.com!!!).
  4. Update your anti-virus software.
  5. Look for a legitimate spybot software (e.g. Search and Destroy).
  6. Keep in close contact with friends who knows about computers and Internet security. (Read: always ask questions before downloading software from the Internet or installing programs).
  7. Keep Windows updated and never use unlicensed Microsoft software.
  8. Why? Because unlicensed software does not give you access to free security updates and software from, er, Bill.
  9. Patch your operating system with latest updates. (Regularly check your Update Now button to see if there’s something new online).
  10. BACK UP YOUR FILES. Again, BACK UP YOUR FILES/DOCUMENTS.
  11. Partition your hard disk before installing new operating system. I did and I have kept my data and operating system separate. So when operating system gets hit by virus, you’re data is safe (with crossed fingers).
  12. Read up on Internet security or visit websites such as Microsoft’s safe computing website.
  13. And finally, don’t open those e-mail attachments even if they seem to be coming from people you know.
  14. Finally, finally, burn important files, documents, photos, etc. onto a DVD or CD for archiving.
  15. Last and yes, this is the final one: keep all your CD installers at arms reach, especially the Windows XP CD installer (this is important when you have no other choice but to re-format and install every single bit of program into your PC).

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HOPE YOU DON’T ENDURE WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW.

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Erwin Oliva

Putting a dent on the universe one day at a time