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Connecting Families Session 5


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  • 1. Staying safe
    • and Keeping your computer safe
  • 2. 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!
  • 3. My pass phrase: I’d like to go Diving!
  • 4. 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”
  • 5. This is where your pass phrase goes
  • 6.
    • Hard for anyone to guess
    • Easy to remember
    • Easy to change
    Pass Phrases are:
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Safe Kids online
    • Preventing problems and Watching for trouble signs
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Things to watch for
    • File sharing sites:
    • Limewire
    • Bearshare
    • Emule
    • Bittorrent
  • 11. 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)
  • 12. Safe Adults online
    • Children aren’t the only ones who need protecting
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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)
  • 15. 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)
  • 16. Check Snopes if it sounds fishy
  • 17. 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
  • 18. 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.
  • 19. Antivirus and Antispyware
    • Also, automated Windows updates
  • 20.
    • 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)
  • 21. 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)
  • 22. Other Dangers to your Laptop
    • Theft and Breakage
  • 23.
    • 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
    • U.S. airports report close to 637,000 laptops lost each year (report from mid-2005)
    Laptops are a big target for theft
  • 24.
    • 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
  • 25.
    • local and online backups
    Backup your Data
  • 26.
    • 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
  • 27.
    • has two Gigabytes for free and handles updates automatically
    • 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
  • 28. Handy Hints
    • Get more use from your computers
  • 29. 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.
  • 30. 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: /)
    • 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.
  • 31. Using online accounts
    • Online accounts like Gmail, Google Calendar and Dropbox or (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