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    • Staying safe
      • and Keeping your computer safe
    • Staying safe with passwords
      • You have to use passwords for online sites like Gmail
      • If you want to keep your data safe and keep people from making changes to your computer you need to use a password to log on with
      • Have trouble with passwords? Use pass phrases!
    • My pass phrase: I’d like to go Diving!
    • Pass phrases are easier and safer
      • More letters, spaces, capitals and punctuation make phrases harder to guess or hack
      • A pass phrase that makes sense to you is much easier for you to remember than an equally safe password like “an85^404n?vfdjlan9”
    • This is where your pass phrase goes
      • Hard for anyone to guess
      • Easy to remember
      • Easy to change
      Pass Phrases are:
    • What can happen to a computer with no pass phrase?
      • Someone else can add a password you don’t know
      • Someone can delete your data
      • Someone can use your computer for something illegal
    • Safe Kids online
      • Preventing problems and Watching for trouble signs
    • Preventing Problems
      • Your pass phrase protects your kids because you are in control of the computer
      • Family only uses a limited account (Can’t change system settings or install software)
      • Open DNS with an account allows you to block particular sites or types of sites like gambling or file sharing sites (illegal)
      • Keep the computer in a common area
    • Things to watch for
      • File sharing sites:
      • Limewire
      • Bearshare
      • Emule
      • Bittorrent
    • OnLine Bullies
      • Chat (especially during online game playing)
      • Texting on phones
      • May be to other people not directly to the targeted child
      • In Email (less common)
    • Safe Adults online
      • Children aren’t the only ones who need protecting
    • Financial and sales scams
      • Spam emails:
      • If it sounds too good to be true it really really isn’t true
      • Just don’t buy anything from an unsolicited email
      • Don’t click on links in emails especially if they seem to be from a financial institution
    • Spam is more than 1/2 of all mail
      • Gmail has a good spam filter
      • If spam does slip through just click the spam button and you won’t see anything else from that sender
      • Other types of accounts (Hotmail, Yahoo, MSN and AOL have much more spam)
    • Other Scams
      • Your bank or credit union will never send an email asking you for your password
      • Nigerian princes don’t need your help moving their money around
      • Just don’t send money to anyone who email’s you (your Family is an exception but make sure the request is from them and don’t send money to a new address)
    • Check Snopes if it sounds fishy
    • Hackers don’t want your information
      • Hackers are not a real problem for personal computers
      • They go after big computers with lot of people’s information
    • Hacker hits Georgia state database via hole in security softwareConfidential information on more than 570,000 people exposedVia @Computerworld - Hacker hits Georgia state database via hole in security softwareMarch 30, 2006 (Computerworld) An unpatched flaw in a “widely used security program” was exploited by an unknown hacker to gain access to a Georgia Technology Authority (GTA) database containing confidential information on more than 570,000 members of the state’s pension plans.
    • Antivirus and Antispyware
      • Also, automated Windows updates
      • AVG Free Antivirus Updates and runs by itself (Program has to be updated occasionally)
      • Spybot Search and Destroy (you update and run once a month)
      • Spyware Blaster (check for updates every quarter, otherwise don’t think about it)
    • Set Windows updates to run automatically
      • Windows Updates are just as important as Antivirus and Antispyware programs
      • If you want to turn the computer off at night or use the Hibernate settings to save power, just run Windows update manually (Demo)
    • Other Dangers to your Laptop
      • Theft and Breakage
      • If you travel with your laptop a backpack looks less like you have a computer than a typical laptop bag
      • Kensington Locks for laptops around $30 at Amazon.com
      • U.S. airports report close to 637,000 laptops lost each year (report from mid-2005)
      Laptops are a big target for theft
      • The biggest hardware laptop problem I see as a repair guy is power connections and power cords
      • Wrap around a table leg so you won’t trip over them
      • Try not to carry laptop around except in the bag
      • Drinks spilled on the laptop keyboard are another major computer killer
      • local and online backups
      Backup your Data
      • Thumb Drive or other external hard drive
      • Copy “My Documents” folder plus anything else you save somewhere else like on the desktop
      • Advantage: Local backups are much faster than online backups
      local backups
      • Mozy.com has two Gigabytes for free and handles updates automatically
      • Carbonite.com is unlimited and easier to use and costs about $50 a year
      • Advantage: If both your laptop and your backup drive are stolen or destroyed, you can get your data back from an from any computer
      Online backups
    • Handy Hints
      • Get more use from your computers
    • Use a thumb drive
      • Backup data as we already discussed
      • Move data from one computer to another (sneakernet)
      • Copy files that you need to print to your thumb drive and take it to the library or a Kinkos type place to print hard copies when you need them.
    • Faxing annoys me
      • Faxing requires you to take the document somewhere else to send it OR:
      • You can use one of many online fax services Some are free for sending small numbers of faxes (example: http://faxzero.com /)
      • OR: Ask if you can email the document as an attachment. Mention that you can do that right away and faxing will cause a delay.
    • Using online accounts
      • Online accounts like Gmail, Google Calendar and Dropbox or Box.net (for free file storage) let you use your computer information from Kinkos, Business centers and Internet Cafes anywhere in the world
      • If you don’t have to travel with your computer it will last longer