Tips for Safe Computing
Follow these tips to make your computing experience safer.
- Vista & Windows 7 install Microsoft Security Essentials
- Windows 10 and Windows 8 already have virus protection software installed Windows Defender
- Remove a Virus infection with the Microsoft Safety Scanner
- Learning to use Microsoft Virus and Security Solution Center
- Learn more about Managed Antivirus Software for business-class protection
- 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.
- 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.
- 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://
Treat the Internet like any other public place - keep your children safe and monitor their Internet habits.
- Turn on K9 Web Protection for Windows/Mac OS/iPhone/iPad/Android.
- Households with multiple computers and broadband connections can use FamilyShield DNS to automatically filter inappropriate content.
- Read the FBI's 'A Parents Guide to Internet Safety.'
- Get some tips from the TeenAngels website.
- Use monitoring software to keep track of where your child surfs and what he/she has typed, like Veriato for Windows or Macintosh.
- Kids can learn about Internet safety from Disney's Safety Tips.