2. Upgrade your software early and often. Avoid the next big disaster by keeping all software up to date. Enable the automatic upgrades for desktop code like Adobe Flash or HP printer software. And make sure Web-based tools like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and others are current. The killers here are all little nuggets of code called plug-ins. They go out of date instantly and are classic avenues of exploit. I like a tool called Qualys BrowserCheck that automatically scans your browsers for upgrades. Download and use it right now. 3. For crying out loud, don't be an administrator. You wisely decided to stay out of politics in real life. So do the same with work life. Be sure there is one single "administrator" identity on a computer and then use it as little as possible. In other words, do your work in an account that does not have administrator privileges over a PC. That way, if you do step into digital you-know-what, its tougher for an attacker to do real damage with your computer. So, right this instant, go to the guts of your computer, create a fresh identity -- if you don't know how, ask me and I'll tell you -- then work from that account. Take these three steps -- you can easily do your OS upgrade during lunch -- and by the end of the day your computer, and your business, will be much, much safer. Then you can do more important things, like go out and make yourself some money.