Basic computer security is
not really complicated; however, it's not as simple as merely
installing antivirus software either.
You need to understand and adopt
the mindset that computer security is your responsibility.....
not McAfee, not Norton, not Microsoft, not anyone else but
you! Security is your responsibility.
"I didn't know" doesn't
work here. If you own a computer and are on the Internet -
it's your responsibility to get yourself educated... if you
don't then you'll have to hire companies like ours to clean up the mess
created by viruses, Trojan horses, worms, spyware and adware, etc.
Though not all inclusive, below
are some basic tips that will help you:
Read our disclaimer
below. You assume all risks and responsibility following
develop a data backup strategy
that involves multiple types of media
backup your data files!
backup your data files!
backup your data files! (This
can't be overemphasized!)
never backup over your most
test the integrity of your
replace antivirus software
generally older than one year
use an alternative internet
browser - i.e., Mozilla's "Firefox"
ensure antivirus programs are
in fact updating themselves
regularly install critical
updates, service packs and security updates
use a firewall
review email in plaintext mode
while still on your ISPs server
remove adware and spyware;
regularly scan your system
use the "non-preview
mode" in your email client; delete spam, junk email
don't open email from those you
beware of unsolicited email
from friends with attachments
don't open attachments unless
they're expected; then download and scan for viruses before
keep file swapping and
downloads to a bare minimum
don't install free utilities on
your computer unless you know something about the source of
the program, are aware of potential compatibility issues, developer
clear Internet cache files and
don't give out your username or
password; keep it secret; change your password aperiodically.
don't use your
every day email address when registering for things online.
Create a bogus email; for example firstname.lastname@example.org
for this purpose.
chain email! If it's good enough to send to someone,
clean it up,
delete the forwarding instructions and threats that something
bad will happen to you
and forward ONLY to those you really want to read it.
your address book in the "Cc:" line. When
sending to multiple email
addresses (yes, two qualifies as more than one), put them in
the "Bcc:" line. Put your
own email address in the "To:" line.
Did you know
that you are just as likely (if not more so) to be
infected by a
friend through email than from someone you don't know?
If you don't believe this,
email me and I'll explain why.
education never ends..... read, study, learn and apply
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April 7, 2008 ~
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