If you’re using the media player that came with your operating system, you could do better. There are two alternatives in particular that would be a step up.
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware is a free antivirus program that can easily remove malicious software from your computer. It also has a paid version that can replace your current antivirus.
CCleaner is a maintenance program that cleans up your computer to keep it running smoothly.
Defragmenting your hard disk is a very important part of good computer care. Defraggler makes it easy to do, and is more effective than the stock Windows defragmentation tool.
Connecting to websites using HTTPS is much more secure. But knowing which websites support it can be tricky, and it’s a hassle to use sometimes. If you use HTTPS Everywhere, you don’t have to worry about any of that while still reaping the security benefits.
One of the greatest strengths of Firefox is its customizability. Many options are available by default, but Firefox also allows even more personalization through what are called “add-ons.” An add-on is a little bit of code that changes how something runs. It usually isn’t a program all by itself, but it enhances another program. You can think of an add-on like a sidecar for a motorcycle. It isn’t strictly necessary, but can be very useful. Continue reading
If you’re using Internet Explorer or Safari (and, statistically, many of you are), you need to get a better web browser. Here’s how to try either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome on for size.