Online Computer safety is no game, There are those out there...
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that just want information or to harm your computer. For some this is just a joke, something fun to do. Others its so they can steal information to use for their own personal gain. So what can you do? well there are several things that can help. So lets begin.
Your Safety Tips
First thing you should look at is your computer and what you can do to help keep it safe. The following Computer Safety Tips will help do that.
- Use anti virus software and update it often I suggest a minimum of once a month preferably once a week because there is always a new virus being made by someone.
- Have 2 back up copy's one that you have easy access to near your computer another one at a different location just in case something happens. This Computer Safety tip is really important when it comes to things you just can not lose ever.
- Do virus scans often I suggest at least 1 time each day just to be sure your computer is safe.
- Back up all your important files that you can not afford to lose at least once a week.
- Make sure you always use a firewall when connected to the net. Sometimes this Computer Safety tip can cause a minor slow down to things you are doing on the net.
- Make sure you computer is on at least a surge protector, it be better if its on a battery back up.
- Shut down your computer when you are not using it. Not only are you saving energy but it can't be seen on the net.
- Never open email attachments even if sent by someone you know, until you verify that they sent it to you. Reason for this is all the nasty worms and Trojans out there try to trick you into thinking it was a friend who sent you it.
- Instant Messaging or IM is often a target of trojans and worms. Act as if it was a email.
- Avoid distributed file sharing. Most of these are free, and many have Trojans, viruses, worms, adware, and spyware. If you do use it remember to scan your computer right after using it. Also it be a good idea to be sure you anti virus programs and fire walls are all working at tip top shape before you use file sharing.
- Know your scams. Criminals want to take your hard earned cash, and will think up some very sneaky, cleaver, and tricky ways to do it. Some common scams are: emails telling sad stories, making unsolicited job offers, or promising lotto winnings, beware of email acting as a security concern from your bank or any other secure information site you may use. Most of these sites will not ask for information. If you are concerned call the institution to be sure they sent the E-Mail. Think safe, Think Computer Safety
- Don't fall for virus hoaxes. This is just another way for there lowlifes to attack your computer with out doing anything they trick you into doing the work of a virus.Its a email normally that makes it sound like a major virus is going to hit and you need to remove certain files or programs off your computer to be safe. Do not be fooled by these.
Computer Safety for Using A Public Computer
If you can avoid using a public computer its best but If you have too then the following tips will help but there is never a guarantee.
- Never save your login information, and always log out of Web sites by using the "log out" button on the sites that have you log in . Don't just exit out or switch to another site, because the next person who gets on can go see where you have been.
- Many programs have a automatic login features that will save your user name and password. Turn this option off so no one can log in as you.
- Never leave the computer unattended especially with important information that could be seen. If you must leave from a computer save then log out when you come back log back in yes its a hassle but its better than taking a chance someone will take the info they gain from the unattended computer.
- Erase what you have done. Internet Browsers record of your passwords and every page you visit, even after you’ve closed them and logged out.
To disable this so it wont store this information, go turn off the Internet Browser option that "remembers" your passwords.
- Be aware of People looking over your shoulder. There are thieves who look over your shoulder or watch as you enter sensitive passwords to collect your information.
- Most Important Tip right here. Don't enter any important information into a public computer. Reason is that thieves could install software that allows them to record keystrokes that then is emailed back to them they then now have information that you thought was safe. Even if You did erase and followed the above tips.
- If you really want to be safe, avoid typing your credit card number or any other financial or otherwise sensitive information into any public computer.
Passwords for Computer Safety
Passwords are really important to make strong because there are programs out there designed to crack passwords and hey you don't want one that is easily figured out do you?
- Keep passwords in a secure place, and out of view. Don't share your passwords.
- Use passwords that have at least eight characters and include numerals and symbols. These are more secure and harder to crack.
- Avoiding common words. Hackers can use programs that try every word in the dictionary or data base.
- Do Not use your personal information or common knowledge about you for your login name, or adjacent keys on the keyboard as passwords. Examples personal information: like a social security number, common knowledge: your dogs name, adjacent keys on the keyboard: asdfg or 1234.
- Change your passwords. Some say 1 a month others 3 months. Do do it at lest 1-2 times a year minimum on important items such as banking. More often is better.
- Use a different password for every online account you have.
- To create a strong password. One way to do this is to think of a phrase and use the first letter of each word as your password, converting some letters into numbers or symbols that may resemble letters. Example, "My Dog is a Old Dog of 9" would become MDi@ODo9.
Or think of a word and add number in front of each. Example, "Game" becomes 2G3a4m9e.
Computer Safety isn't a game but knowing how to keep safe is always important
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