Password Managers

Having trouble keeping track of all your computer passwords? Instead of covering your desk with post-it notes, try a password manager. These programs store all your passwords in one place. You can also store other sensitive information like credit cards numbers, serial numbers and custom lists (e.g., what’s in your safety deposit box or wallet). Each program below uses strong encryption to keep your data safe.

Web based: LastPass
Mac/Windows/iPhone/iPad: 1Password
Mac/iPhone: Wallet
PC/Mobile: RoboForm
PC/Mac/Mobile: KeePass
Web based: Passpack

Anti-Malware/Virus Software

If you use the internet on your PC, you are opening your computer up to a world of nasty viruses. It’s very important to have some kind of antivirus or anti-malware program installed. If you don’t have one, check with your Internet Service Provider (Comcast, AT&T, RCN) and see if one is included with your internet service.

If not, here are several highly rated (and free) programs you can try:

Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware
Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition
Avast! Free Antivirus
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition
Avira Free Anti-Virus Security

Strong passwords

Having trouble coming up with strong passwords for your online accounts? People tend to have either an easy-to-remember (but insecure) password or a hard-to-remember secure one. Microsoft has a great article with several tips for creating strong and memorable passwords. Check out their advice now!