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10 ways to_increase_your_computer_security

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Simple steps that you can take to improve your computer security at home or at the office.

Simple steps that you can take to improve your computer security at home or at the office.

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  • 1. Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 2.   Change your passwords  frequently.    Always reset default passwords  on your computer and peripheral  devices (especially your wireless  router!).     Don’t use your e‐mail  passwords for any other  accounts.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 3.   Don’t ever share your account  login information with anyone else;  this includes your friends and family  members.     Friends may not intend to cause  you any damage, but simply  forgetting to log out of your account  while using a public computer is all  it takes for a hacker to compromise  your personal security.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 4.   Always select “log off”  when you are finished using  a web‐based application,  even if you are using your  personal computer.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 5.   Apply updates to all your  devices.    These updates not only increase  your software and hardware  functionality, but oftentimes they  are intended to fix security holes  that have been discovered.     Anti‐virus updates are  particularly critical. Your anti‐virus  software provider needs to  communicate the new virus  definitions to your computer,  which is done via a software  update.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 6.   Password protect your  computer.     Always lock your computer  when you walk away from it.    Set your computer to  automatically lock after it has  been unused for 15 minutes (in  case you forget to log out).  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 7.   Do not enter your primary  e‐mail address into web  forms.     Create a secondary account  that you only use for web  forms. This will protect you  from receiving spam and  other unsolicited e‐mails.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 8.   Never click on “free gift” links  embedded in an e‐mail or when  surfing the net.     No one is going to give you a free  iPhone, iPod, or iPad.     These ads are designed for  phishing, or worse, to infect your  computer with spyware or other  malware.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 9.   Do not open attachments from  unfamiliar people.     Ideally, you should avoid even  viewing an e‐mail from an  unknown sender.     If you are using MS Outlook, be  sure to turn off your preview pane  to ensure that you have control  over the e‐mails you are choosing  to view.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 10.   Clear your Internet cache and  temporary files frequently.    Spyware and malware can lurk  in these folders and may be  activated when you revisit the  infected web site.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com
  • 11.   Schedule full system anti‐virus and  malware scans weekly.     Anti‐virus software isn’t foolproof  and depending on your configuration,  it may not be scanning every file that  enters your system.     A regular full system scan will also  give your anti‐virus software a second  chance to combat newly defined  viruses that may be discovered after  the latest software update.  Courtesy of Hybrid IT Solutions www.hybriditworks.com