Safe Computing Practices
The most important step to protecting your computer is to practice safe computing. This involves:
- Never open an email attachment from a questionable source. If you are not sure if you should open it and it came from a trusted source, email the sender and ask them if they meant to send you this. Many viruses will send you attachments while posing as some one you may know.
- Caution should be used when clicking on link sent you in an instant message. Some viruses will send you links to web sites that will install the virus on your computer.
- Maintain strong passwords. Many hackers will try to guess passwords to access your accounts. A strong password should:
- NEVER be a word in the dictionary
- Contain both letters and numbers
- Be at least 8 characters in length
- Be hard to guess - not your name, birthdate, etc.
- Whenever you download software, make sure you read the user agreement. Many programs that you download from the Internet come with unwanted programs known as spyware. These are programs that can monitor your activity and flood your computer with unwanted pop up ads. These programs can also interfere with the normal operation of your computer causing it to crash in addition to running slowly.
- Turn your computer off when you are not using it. When connected to a network, your computer is on the Internet whenever it is on. If your computer is connected to the network, it is open for hackers to try to find a way to break into it. By turning it off, you are not only saving energy, you are also reducing the opportunity for hackers to break in.
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