4 Tips to Keep Your PC Security and Privacy in Check

PC protection is just a few clicks away with System Mechanic

Here’s something you might not want to hear: most PCs are vulnerable to security attacks. Even PCs kitted out with serious anti-malware have been known to fall prey to unwanted intrusions. System Mechanic not only improves the speed and reliability of your PC, but it’s equipped to block dangerous programs, system changes, internet page changes, and correct faulty settings. It’s like having a personal security guard for your PC.

  1. Block PC Burglars: Keep out intruders. Find and plug security holes antivirus products miss.
  2. Bite Back at Stealth Attacks: Block dangerous and unwanted system changes that can be first stages of a malware takeover.
  3. Cover Your Tracks: Quickly and securely wipe away private data so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
  4. Gone, Baby Gone: Don’t just move confidential and private data into the trash bin–erase it for good.

Tip 1

Block PC Burglars: Anti-malware isn’t enough to keep intruders out of your PC. iolo’s Security Optimizer finds and plugs security holes antivirus products miss.

Here’s how:

  1. Start System Mechanic and click Toolbox>>Individual Tools>>Enhance Protection
  2. Find Security Optimizer™ in the list of tools and click Start
  3. Select the Quick Security Optimization option, then click Next (For a deeper analysis with manual options, select Custom Inspection and Report and follow the associated steps)
  4. Security Optimizer will then scan your system for vulnerabilities, correct any it finds, and display a summary report
  5. If a system restart is required to finish a fix, click Restart Now—otherwise click Exit
  6. Take comfort in the fact that your PC is now more secure and better able to thwart malicious intrusion

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Tip 2

Bite Back at Stealth Attacks: Block dangerous and unwanted system changes that can be first stages of a malware takeover. iolo’s System Guard goes beyond anti-malware to protect your PC from being compromised.

Here’s how:

  1. Start System Mechanic and click Toolbox>>Individual Tools>>Enhance Protection
  2. Go to System Guard® and then click Start
  3. If System Guard isn’t enabled, click the Enable System Guard button, then click Yes
  4. Under Automatic Timeout Response, select the Allow change to proceed option and then Exit
  5. You now have a full time guardian watching for system changes that can compromise security

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Tip 3

Cover Your Tracks. Did you know that virtually everything you do on your PC is recorded? Websites visited, programs used, movies watched, files opened, and even passwords entered—they’re all readily available if you know where to look. iolo’s Privacy Cleaner quickly and securely wipes away this private data so it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Here’s how:

  1. Start System Mechanic and click Toolbox>>Individual Tools>>Ensure Personal Privacy
  2. Go to Privacy Cleaner and click Start
  3. In the Select Data to Erase tab, choose the types of information you want to erase, then click Next
  4. In the Select Options tab, choose the secure removal you’d like to use, then click Next
  5. Privacy Cleaner will promptly and securely wipe the selected data and provide a summary of the results (You may need to restart your PC for some of the actions to take effect)
  6. Your PC is now secure from prying eyes

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Tip 4

Gone, Baby Gone. Financial data, private records, business details…beware. A file deleted through Windows is rarely completely wiped out—even seemingly erased files can be accessible with the right tools. Prevent this by permanently erasing confidential files, period.

Here’s how:

  1. Start System Mechanic and click Toolbox>>Individual Tools>>Ensure Personal Privacy
  2. Find Incinerator go to Securely Delete Files, then click Start
  3. In the Select Files and Folders tab, add the files or folders you would like to erase, then click Next
  4. In the Options tab, select the level of overwrites by adjusting the bar and click Next
  5. Under the Incinerate tab, the files you selected will be displayed–click Incinerate Now and then click Yes to confirm
  6. Your unwanted files and private data are now permanently gone

Bonus Tip: To add Incinerator technology to your desktop, go to step 2 above and instead click Start within the Configure Desktop File Incinerator section

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4 Tips to Keep Your PC Security and Privacy in Check