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Basic computer safety checklist

  • Make sure that Windows is fully up to date, with all available patches downloaded and installed. Configure Windows to download updates automatically.

  • Change the default password of any router or firewall.

  • Be sure to have current anti-virus software and an active firewall.

  • Install anti-spyware software. It can be part of a complete security suite or a stand-alone program.

  • Any “security alert” that requests payment to disinfect your computer is a scam. Turn your computer off immediately and call your computer tech for advice.

  • Do not open email attachments unless you are expecting them.

  • Back up all your key data, including email, regularly. You should store a recent backup at a different location than the computer. The best backup system is as automated as possible.

  • Have a written record of all user accounts and passwords. This should not be taped to your monitor.

  • Use strong passwords (not real words, not your pet’s name or your birthday) and do not use the same password for every web site.

  • If you use a program that is important to you, make sure you own it. Do not depend on software for which you are not licensed. And make sure you know where all the installation disks and serial numbers are stored.

  • If you download any software, scan it with your anti-virus software before running it.

  • Don’t enter sensitive information such as credit card numbers on a public computer.

  • Never provide personal information in reply to an unsolicited email, even if it appears to be from a legitimate source. Never believe anything anyone says in an unsolicited email.

  • Control access to your computer. Do not leave it unattended with sensitive information on the screen.

 

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