Basic Computer Security Tips

This guest blog post is by Howard Sherman and originally appeared on his RoyalGeeks.com blog.

With the recent hacker activity leading to arrests across the USA, the UK and even Russia and Ukraine on the heels of more and more virus infections and security breaches RoyalGeeks.Com declares October Computer Security Awareness Month.

To expand awareness of computer security here are some tips every computer user should follow:

Use strong passwords. Choose passwords that are difficult or impossible to guess. Use different passwords to each accounts. Never use your date of birth, vehicle number, license number, parents name, spouse’s name as passwords. Try to use a mixture of alphabets, numbers and symbols.

Make regular backups of critical data. Backups must be made at least once each day. Larger organizations should perform a full backup weekly and incremental backups every day. At least once a month the backup media should be verified. You can use one touch backup facilities provided by some of the storage technology vendors. RoyalGeeks.Com heartily recommends Carbonite for easy, automatic, painless and totally secure online backup. Sign up for a free trial of Carbonite.

Use Internet security software. That means three things: having it on your computer in the first place, checking daily for new virus signature updates, and then actually scanning all the files on your computer periodically. We’ve found that Internet Security by PC Tools works best and you can install it on three different computers for one low price. Get your copy of Internet Security here.

Use a firewall as a gatekeeper between your computer and the Internet. Firewalls are usually software products. They are essential for those who keep their computers online through the popular DSL and cable modem connections but they are also valuable for those who still dial in.

Do not keep computers online when not in use. Either shut them off or physically disconnect them from Internet connection.

Do not open e-mail attachments from strangers. Regardless of how attractive the Subject Line or attachment may be. Be suspicious of any unexpected e-mail attachment from someone you do know because it may have been sent without that person’s knowledge from an infected machine.

Regularly download security patches from your software vendors.

Use site advising software. Try installing site advising software and plug-ins for your browser. Browser Defender seems to be the best and it’s 100% free. Download yours here.

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