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Bonus protection step
You can take an extra step to protect yourself, said Daniel Lance with Archer Security.
“How do we move forward and improve how we use technology in a secure way, knowing that a competent company could make this kind of mistake?” he asked.
He recommended you “rebuild” your computer every year.
“It’s not uncommon for me to do this a few times a year,” he said. “Most people might not realize that when they ‘uninstall’ something that they are not removing everything. There are few programs that can effectively do this.”
If a “rebuild” sounds daunting, Lance provides these steps:
- Make a backup of your machine, then copy the home folder and drag it off the machine and onto an external drive.
- Then, reinstall the operating system and reload all of your apps.
- Move your home folder back, resetting file permissions, and you are done.
“This can also help with performance issues on SSD’s [solid-state drives] and HDD’s [hard disk drives], so it’s a win-win!” he said.