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We all know that surfing the Web might be a dangerous thing for our machines. The Internet is swarming with infections that can provoke serious damage for the system, for the user itself or even for other computers utilized by that same user. We also know that there are ways to have a more secure web browsing, but often that implies buying expensive pieces of software.

Now let me present 3 absolutely free security solutions from Comodo, a trusted and world-renowned company willing to make Internet a safer place to interact and conduct business.

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Your computer is like your room: it’s yours, but other people can still see inside of it. That’s why we have hiding places in our rooms, where only we can find our hidden treasure. Sometimes your computer also has things you’d like to keep hidden, and it’s a hassle trying to figure out how to hide it.

That’s where My Lockbox comes in. My Lockbox is a lot more than a safe your folders, it also hides them from others entirely. Let’s find out if My Lockbox is the right software for your needs!

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There are a number of ways in which you can secure your computer. To help protect against online threats you’ll probably want to ensure that you have a firewall in place and anti-virus and anti-malware software installed.

But not all threats are external. If you share your computer with other people – such as your children – there is potential for settings to get changed without your consent. Many settings can be locked down by editing the registry, but you can also turn to the Group Policy Editor to put restrictions in place far more easily.

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Web browsers are inherently dangerous pieces of software. They fall victim to drive-by malware installations, expose numerous flaws in Flash and Java, allow cookies to track you around the web and generally get victimized by every single malicious person who has access to the web.

Much of what you are exposed to in surfing the internet results from behavioral conduct — be safe by being smart in your habits. Do not download questionable files and avoid sites that you are unsure of. However, there are also flaws in the very programs you use to surf that can wreak just as much havoc. For that, however, there are fixes. None are the perfect solution, but all can help you rest a bit easier when instituted.

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The ability to remember user names and passwords, and even fill out online forms, is not new. In fact, it has been built into web browsers for sometime now. However, thanks to notoriously bad implementation by Firefox, which makes all of the data easy to view via the Settings, and people tending to use the same passwords over and over on multiple sites, many have become easy targets for hackers.

One easy and free way of solving this issue is to use a password management tool and there are several fine ones on the market, although not all of them are actually free. My favorite, and one that has been recommended by several security experts, is called LastPass.

There is also a “Premium” version of the software available which costs $1 per month. This allows customers to use the program on mobile devices — and it works with pretty much EVERY mobile operating system and browser that you could possibly think of, from mainstream to obscure to dead ones like Windows Mobile. It is also ad-free.

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Programs that start automatically with Windows can be useful – it saves you from having to manually launch apps you want to use straight away such as a chat client, for example – but there can also be a darker side.

Install a large number of apps on your computer and the number of startup programs can reach a level that means performance starts to be compromised. There is also the possibility that viruses and malware can install themselves a startup item, so it’s important that you monitor which program are in your list of automatic runners.

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Spyware, malware, viruses, rootkits; the list of online threats just goes on and on. There are plenty of tools out there that claim to offer protection but, certainly in the realms of free solutions, it is the same names that crop up time and time again.

Spybot Search & Destroy has long been the malware protection tool of choice for numerous Windows users and the newly released version 2 gives the app a much needed reboot which includes a completely new look, faster performance and a handful of new features.

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The internet can be a malicious environment if you’re not careful. There are safety precautions that are important to abide by while browsing the web. However, if you happen to be caught off guard and find yourself with an infected PC, completely removing the malware is absolutely vital in order to resume your day-to-day activities.

While there are many tools available that will scan and remove malware from your system, one particular program known as Malwarebytes has been my trusted partner in crime for many years. Malwarebytes is a free anti-malware application that has a reputation for finding just about any trace of malicious software and removing it without leaving any evidence of the offending software’s existence.

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The very fact that you are reading these words means that you make use of the internet. You probably use it for all sorts of things from downloading software and checking the news to keeping in touch with friends and using social networks.

You’re undoubtedly aware that using the internet can mean compromising your privacy, and this is particularly true if you are a social networker. Privacyfix is an interesting add-on for Chrome and Firefox that enables you to check your privacy settings on Facebook, Google and other sites and change those that might reveal too much information about you.

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Putting your data in the cloud gives you the convenience of accessing it from anywhere. Dropbox is a popular cloud file storage solution that creates a folder on each of your computers. Anything placed in that folder will automatically be synced to other computers attached to your account.

These files are also accessible through the web site and through apps for popular mobile phones such as the iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry devices. Save a file on your desktop and it will be on your laptop when you’re sitting at a hotel and need to update it. Your files can be accessed anywhere — make sure it’s done so safely!

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