10 ways to_increase_your_computer_security

  • View
    447

  • Download
    0

Embed Size (px)

DESCRIPTION

Simple steps that you can take to improve your computer security at home or at the office.

Transcript

  • Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Changeyourpasswordsfrequently.Alwaysresetdefaultpasswordsonyourcomputerandperipheraldevices(especiallyyourwirelessrouter!).Dontuseyouremailpasswordsforanyotheraccounts.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Dontevershareyouraccountlogininformationwithanyoneelse;thisincludesyourfriendsandfamilymembers.Friendsmaynotintendtocauseyouanydamage,butsimplyforgettingtologoutofyouraccountwhileusingapubliccomputerisallittakesforahackertocompromiseyourpersonalsecurity.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Alwaysselectlogowhenyouarenishedusingawebbasedapplication,evenifyouareusingyourpersonalcomputer.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Applyupdatestoallyourdevices.Theseupdatesnotonlyincreaseyoursoftwareandhardwarefunctionality,butoftentimestheyareintendedtoxsecurityholesthathavebeendiscovered.Antivirusupdatesareparticularlycritical.Yourantivirussoftwareproviderneedstocommunicatethenewvirusdenitionstoyourcomputer,whichisdoneviaasoftwareupdate.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Passwordprotectyourcomputer.Alwayslockyourcomputerwhenyouwalkawayfromit.Setyourcomputertoautomaticallylockafterithasbeenunusedfor15minutes(incaseyouforgettologout).

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Donotenteryourprimaryemailaddressintowebforms.Createasecondaryaccountthatyouonlyuseforwebforms.Thiswillprotectyoufromreceivingspamandotherunsolicitedemails.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Neverclickonfreegiftlinksembeddedinanemailorwhensurngthenet.NooneisgoingtogiveyouafreeiPhone,iPod,oriPad.Theseadsaredesignedforphishing,orworse,toinfectyourcomputerwithspywareorothermalware.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Donotopenattachmentsfromunfamiliarpeople.Ideally,youshouldavoidevenviewinganemailfromanunknownsender.IfyouareusingMSOutlook,besuretoturnoyourpreviewpanetoensurethatyouhavecontrolovertheemailsyouarechoosingtoview.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • ClearyourInternetcacheandtemporarylesfrequently.Spywareandmalwarecanlurkinthesefoldersandmaybeactivatedwhenyourevisittheinfectedwebsite.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com

  • Schedulefullsystemantivirusandmalwarescansweekly.Antivirussoftwareisntfoolproofanddependingonyourconguration,itmaynotbescanningeverylethatentersyoursystem.Aregularfullsystemscanwillalsogiveyourantivirussoftwareasecondchancetocombatnewlydenedvirusesthatmaybediscoveredafterthelatestsoftwareupdate.

    Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com