Monday, November 28, 2005

Lesson VI - Pick Up The Pieces

The worst mistakes you can make as a computer user have nothing to do with pressing the wrong button, accidentally changing the system settings, or paying too much for soon-to-be-obsolete hardware. As unsettling as these mistakes may be, you can easily fix them or live with the consequences.
No, the worst mistakes you can make as a computer user are failing to have a regular backup routine and not running an up-to-date anti-virus utility. Far too many computer users make these mistakes every day, and far too many computer users end up regretting these mistakes when their hard drives crash or become infected with viruses (self-replicating files designed specifically to vandalize digital data).
The good news in all of this is that you can minimize the damage a virus infection causes (in contrast, you cannot minimize the damage lost data causes; once gone, it’s gone). The key lies in responding quickly and correctly.

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