The Internet is a dangerous place, and cyber criminals are getting more creative in ways to target you and your invaluable personal information.
Here are a few computer safety tips that will help you protect yourself and your family from online predators:
- Don’t click on any links inside an email unless you know for sure where it is going to.
- When you go to any website read the address bar on top to make sure you are in the right website. Example: www.aol.com
- Don’t ever click on an email attachment that ends with .exe .vbs .com these are programs that contain viruses. Example: LoveLetter.exe
- Be very careful when you visit unknown websites.
- Don’t download anything from unknown websites but if you have to, then save it, scan it with a strong Anti Virus software and then open it if it is clean.
- Learn about new Phishing and Social Engineering techniques hackers use.
- Install one strong Internet Security program and keep it up to date. Run full scans often.
- Use Firefox or Microsoft Edge (Windows 10) browsers instead of Internet Explorer (they is safer). Keep it up to date.
- Install the NoScript browser extension for Firefox that blocks pop ups. www.noscript.net
- Increase the level of email filtering in Outlook.
- Install OS updates and patches.
- Disable Adobe Acrobat Java Script & opening file attachments with external applications.
- Password tips:
- Change your password often.
- Use a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters (e.g. a-z, A-Z, 0-9, @,#,$,%) with at least 8 digits long.
- Use both uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Don’t pick a password that you have already used in the past or used it for a different online account.
- Don’t use Names, Words and Numbers that have a personal connection to you. (e.g. Date of birth, pet name, spouse’s name, etc.).
- Don’t use words that are in the dictionary.
- Don’t use the same password for all of your accounts especially online banking accounts.
- If your password gets into the wrong hands, it can cause a major damage to your personal information and online accounts.
- Here is a suggestion to come up with a password that you can remember: Make up a sentence you can easily remember such as “I have 2 kids: Jake 4 Amy 2”. Then take the first letter in every word in the sentence including the punctuation and you’ll end up with: Ih2k:J4A2
Most importantly, Hire an IT professional to make sure that your computer is working properly and your personal information is safe, secure & properly backed-up.
3 Ways You Are Unknowingly Rolling Out The Red Carpet For
Warning! Even if you have anti-virus, spyware protection, and a firewall, you could still be an easy target for identity thieves, hackers and cyber criminals. Read on to find out how YOU are giving online criminals free access to your personal and financial information…
You’ve done all the right things. You’ve installed a good firewall, you keep your antivirus up to date, and you’re making sure you keep up with the latest
security patches…so your computer network should be safe from identity thieves, right? Wrong!
According to a recent study, 37% of electronic identity theft cases had one thing in common: they were caused by an action taken by the user. That’s
right, more than a third of identity thefts were not thefts, but giveaways!
So how do you avoid this happening to your home or company computers?
No one is 100% safe, but the following 3 tips will stop you from accidentally giving online criminals access to your computer network and confidential information:
1. NEVER visit or download free music files, videos or programs from file-sharing sites. Not only are you downloading stolen materials, but these sites are surefire ways to introduce worms and viruses to your computer. If you are a business owner, set up web filtering software to prevent employees from downloading any unauthorized programs or files.
2. NEVER respond to any e-mail from a bank, credit card company, PayPal or online store where items are purchased (such as eBay) asking you to verify your account information, no matter how credible or legitimate it looks. These are phishing scams set up to access your account information.
3. Ask for identification from anyone asking for physical access to electronic equipment, and instruct staff to do so as well. Just to test a theory, someone asked a friend to walk into an office, said they are from “the phone company” responding to a problem, and asked to see the network. Access was granted every single time.
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1. Do not turn OFF your computer by pressing the power switch.
The one exception to this rule is when your computer locks up and is not responding.
2. Use a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) for your computer and other electronics. This will keep your computer from crashing during power outages, and protect your computer from low and high voltage occurrences.
3. Run Scandisk and Defrag at least once a month. This will keep your hard drive healthy and prevent crashes.
4. Do keep at least 5-10 GB of your C: drive free for Windows to use.
If you do not have enough free space, you will choke Windows and it will start getting really slow and eventually crash.
5. Do not let a lot of programs load up when you start your computer. They use valuable memory and Windows Resources.
6. Use one strong Anti-virus software & update the definitions regularly.
7. Use a firewall.
8. Be careful when opening email attachments and links in an e-mail.
9. Install Windows updates. When necessary, Microsoft provides a new security update on the second Tuesday of each month and publishes a bulletin to announce the update. Occasionally, updates are released more often.
10. Be very careful when downloading and installing programs.
11. Call Computer Whiz On Call to maintain your computer and network.
Hopefully you don’t drive your car 100,000 miles between oil changes. We recommend monthly, quarterly or biannual maintenance plans depending on how many hours a day you use the computer.