Taking Your Security To The Next Level
Most computer users fail to think twice about the security of their computer. The typical line of belief where they say “well, that would never happen to me” can only go so far.
Truth is, hackers have thousands of tools at their disposal to take advantage of you including tools such as keystroke loggers. Keystroke loggers record every single keystroke you type on your computer...this includes your private email messages, bank account password, and your credit card number! If you are connected to the Internet through a high-speed connection, you’re at risk.
Do I have your attention yet?
While I hope reading that scared the pants off you, as long as you follow these simple precautions, the risk of anything like that happening decreases significantly
Never Share Passwords:
Pick strong passwords and keep them private. Never share your passwords or passphrases with friends, family, or computer support personnel.
Do Not Click Random Links:
Do not click any link that you can't verify. To avoid viruses spreading by email, think before you click. If you receive a message out of the blue, with nothing more than a link and/or general text, DO NOT CLICK IT! If you doubt its validity, ask for more information from the sender.
Beware Of Email Or Attachments From Unknown People:
Never open an attachment you weren't expecting, and if you’re unsure who the sender of an attachment is, delete the message without reading it. If anything, to open an attachment, first save it to your computer and then scan it with your antivirus software; check the program's help documentation for instructions.
Do Not Download Unfamiliar Software Off The Internet:
Many programs appear to have useful and legitimate functions, however, many times sites can contain spyware, which will damage your operating system installation, generate pop-up ads, and report your personal information back to the company that provides the software.
Log Out Of Or Lock Your Computer When Stepping Away, Even For A Moment:
Forgetting to log out poses a security risk with any computer that is accessible to other people (computers in public facilities, offices, etc.) because it leaves your account open to abuse. Someone could sit down at that computer and continue working from your account, damaging your files, retrieving personal information, or using your account to perform malicious actions. Just remember to log out of or lock your computer whenever you leave it.
Remove Unnecessary Programs Or Services From Your Computer:
Uninstall any software and services you do not need.
Treat Sensitive Data Very Carefully:
For example, when creating files, avoid keying the files to Social Security numbers, and don't gather any more information on people than is absolutely necessary.
Remove Data Securely:
Remove files or data you no longer need to prevent unauthorized access to them. Merely deleting sensitive material is not sufficient, as it does not actually remove the data from your system.
Zachary T. Brown