MALWARE, PHISHING, VIRUSES: It’s true, there are bad people out there that will do bad things to your computer and by extension, to you. And yes, they make it very easy for even the most sophisticated to fall prey to their shenanigans. But in the end, it all comes down to what YOU DO.
There’s a great resource for this topic at “Staysafeonline.org”
Remember the cost of lax security is no security. Just as the saying of “liberty fails when good people do nothing”… yeah a bad paraphrase … so it is with your computer. If you do nothing to maintain your system, you will find it will function worse and worse over time. YOU MUST KEEP IT UP TO DATE and you must use restraint to NOT CLICK ON THAT ENTICING STUFF that claims to be from a friend you never knew, or from a system administrator from your bank or elsewhere. Just don’t do it.
NOT SO SMART THINGS: In addition to the above “badness” there is the innocent badness that comes from happy (and sad) people adding software that they don’t NEED to have to their computers. Yes the same computers that they are relying upon for LAW SCHOOL notes, LAW SCHOOL exams, and maybe even the BAR EXAM! These people are adding variables to their systems that can cause real problems down the line on their computers. Don’t install a bunch of games, music and video applications, and file sharing applications and expect your system to be reliable. All these additional variables ADD TO YOUR RISK for Badness. When you find out that Spotify or uTorrent or your Minecraft server were responsible for your crash in your remedies final exam or the loss of your Torts outline, you will not be happy. You will be sad. Sad due to Badness.
The fewer variables you have on your system, the fewer chances you have of badness.
If you HAVE to HAVE a computer for games. We strongly suggest a second computer.