Tips for Safe Computing

Follow these tips to make your computing experience safer and more pleasant!

Fortify Your Operating System

Microsoft - Check all security features: 
      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.

Run AntiVirus/Anti-Malware Software

Recommended: 

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.
  • Java
    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 fine.

Protect Personal Information

  • Email
    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 you know.
  • Passwords
    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
    When using online Banking and any other secure website when entering credit card, social security number etc. make sure the website is secure and starts with https://

Manage Email Spam

Keep Your Children Safe

Treat the Internet like any other public place - keep your children safe and monitor their Internet habits.

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