Thursday, February 17, 2011

Safe computing 101

Safe Computing 101
Online Safety Resource and Software Selection help

  1. Remember that thieves will stop at nothing to gain control of your system and of your online financial information in order to get your money into their accounts or to use your identity or using your good credit to take out loans that could end up costing you.

  1. Viruses aren't like they used to be now days they are mostly aimed at 1 of 2 things getting your information and passwords by using keystroke monitoring software or gaining control of your system to be used in a “bot attack” that virus writers use your computer and many others to overload a sites ISP crippling its functionality and to extort money from web administrators in exchange for a stop of the bot attack.

  1. But with the use of a few simple easy to remember rules your identity and personal information will be safe.
  • Never give your bank routing information online to anyone EVER!
  • Never give your ATM pin online EVER!
  • Use an online money service to spend online. These services have protections built in to keep online consumers safe (ie: Pay-Pal, Net Gold....)
  • Use and keep updated anti-virus and anti-malware software(NO! An unpaid Norton on your System does nothing and is leaving you vulnerable to attack)
  • Use a program that enters your passwords for you (ie:Multi-pass[free]...)
  • Make certain your passwords are separate for each website you use and that your passwords are unguessable.
  • Refrain from visiting adult sites. These are the most widely abused ports into your computer and often download tons of spyware onto your machine and that's how these “free”sites make money.

  1. BACK UP THE HARD DRIVE REGULARLY: Backing up files will not prevent exposure or damage from a virus but it can minimize the consequences. For example, a back up can be used to recover damaged or lost files. Also,back up can be used to get a computer up and running again quickly.

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