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Java case over—what it means for you & your computer

Java case over—what it means for you & your computer

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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.

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Daniel Lance
Experienced cyber security professional with deep knowledge of applied electronics, program assessment, and analysis. Driven entrepreneur with multiple successful ventures.