“Talk Nerdy to Me” is a technology column written by Derek Deulus to provide technological advice for the Boise State community.
Your PC was made for the Internet. Unfortunately, the Internet can be a scary place without the proper protection and tools. This week I want to give you some tips and application recommendations that can make your online experience better than ever.
First and foremost, make sure you have anti-virus installed. A common misconception is that you still need to pay for anti-virus to make sure your PC is properly protected. You can now get great anti-virus for free. My personal recommendation is Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s absolutely free and made by the same company who actually makes your operating system. For you Windows 8 users, you are already covered as anti-virus is built into Windows from the start.
When it comes to surfing the Web, I highly recommend using Google’s Chrome browser. It is screamingly fast. It also has built in malware protection as well as a lot of customization and extensions, which are add-ons that allow your browser to do other things.
One of the most highly recommended extensions is “Adblock.” Adblock is completely free and does exactly what it sounds like. It blocks all Internet advertising. You can now listen to Pandora without ever hearing or seeing a commercial and watch YouTube without annoying pop-up ads or auto-playing commercials before the video starts.
Another highly recommended application is Norton Identity Safe. This is another completely free program for your PC. This program is used primarily to store your user names and passwords for all of the websites you use.
This information is encrypted and securely stored in the “cloud” and is also accessible from your smartphone as well. What’s nice about this program is it also installs an extension into Google Chrome that will automatically recognize when you go to one of your frequently visited websites and automatically fill in your login information.