Fortify Your Operating System
Microsoft - Check all security
Start -> Control Panel ->
Review your computer’s status
- Firewall = On
- Windows Update = On (Set to automatic so you
don’t forget about it)
Apple - Apple updates Here.
Minimize Security Vulnerabilities
- Windows User Account
Do not use
an Administrator user account for everyday usage.
Add a guest account to your computer for others to
use in your home, this less privileged account will
not be allowed to add or update any programs,
preventing viruses from attacking your hard drive.
Uninstall all versions of
Java as it is not needed with modern web browsers
and can open security holes on your computer.
- Upgrade Windows XP
Microsoft will no longer offer security updates to Windows XP after April 2014. Since Internet safety and compatibility can no longer be guaranteed, upgrading to a more modern version of Windows is recommended.
Protect Your Wireless Network
Home Wireless Networks
For best security, you should enable or set
an encryption password. All Wi-Fi equipment will
support a form of encryption; choose the type that
is most secure and will work across all the devices
you need to connect. - WPA2 is the most current.
- Public Wireless Networks
Make sure your laptop has all Windows
updates, firewall and antivirus protection software
up to date.
- Public Computers
Don’t use a
public computer to check personal information such
as email, bank accounts, etc. Browsing websites is
Protect Personal Information
Be aware not only of scam
and phishing emails but also of what information you
provide when sending emails. Don’t click on
suspicious links in emails even if sent from someone
Make sure to use
secure passwords on all accounts. Don’t use the same
password for all of your sites and be creative -
don’t use personal information.
- Secure Websites
online Banking and any other secure website when
entering credit card, social security number etc.
make sure the website is secure and starts with
Manage Email Spam
Keep Your Children Safe
the Internet like any other public place - keep your children
safe and monitor their Internet habits.