Protecting Your Computer with Tracking Protection Lists!

Easily provide your computer another layer of security to prevent virus and malware infections with Tracking Protection Lists.

Ok, so here's a tip for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. If you're an Internet Explorer user you should have been upgraded to version IE9 by now, as it provides additional security measures over previous versions. If you haven't upgraded, I highly recommend you do so. 

Now version 9, there is an additional measure of protection you can enable called Tracking Protection which will block ads from loading, speeding up your browsing experience and providing additional protection from viruses and malware as infected ads are a common avenue for infection.

It's very simple and takes just a couple of clicks. Just go to this site: http://www.iegallery.com/en-US/trackingprotectionlists and add a list. I recommend adding both "Fanboy - Adblock Tracking Protection List" and "EasyList Standard Tracking Protection List." 

Finally, always make sure you have up-to-date security software and practice safe browsing habits. If you need help making sure you're computer is secure give JRD Tech a call or visit our website http://jrdtech.net/

PS: For people out there using Google Chrome (my preference) or Mozilla Firefox, you can visit http://adblockplus.org/en/ just click the big green button that says Install Adblock Plus and follow onscreen prompts. 

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Jason Disbrow April 19, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Hi Rose, they are wrong, adblock and tracking lists do their job very well. Read this, http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/yahoo-fox-and-google-inadvertently-spread-malware-through-ads/ by using tools to block the ad your cutting off a potential avenue for your computer to be infected. Now of course ads aren't the only way your computer can get infected but having adblock in place provides another layer of security with the bonus of speeding up your browsing because you don't have to wait for the ads to load. Look for future entries on how you can do more to protect your PC. Now you mention Ubuntu, that's a Linux based OS the chances of getting an infection using Linux is very slim. Primarily because it's not being targeted as the market share of people using linux is very low and almost nill in an office environment a virus programmer is going to write a virus to infect as many computer and disrupt as much business as possible and Windows has the most market share. Should Ubuntu Linux ever gain a major share of the market they will be targeted as well. That said, for now Ubuntu is pretty safe, but know the trade-offs before switching, you can't run Windows software on Linux, at least not easily. Itunes, quickbooks, Adobe, Office, etc won't work. There are alternatives but IMO they are usually lacking especially when it comes to the user interface but go ahead and give it a shot if you like to and if you need help switching let me know.


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