This Help! section includes information and
general computer security.
To keep your computer truly protected, it
would need to unplugged and never turned on! Since this is an unrealistic
solution, some precautions need to be put in place to keep your computer
safe on and off the Internet.
This basic list of recommendations:
Turn it off - Turn your computer off
when you not using it. There is no sense offering your PC's ports to the
Internet while your not using your computer for a time.
- Secure any Administrator-level accounts behind strong passwords. Use at
least 8 characters; numbers and letter combinations (including lower and
upper case letters) work best.
Beware ActiveX - ActiveX controls
execute cool interctive elements on Web pages, but they also provide
access to the local operating system (Windows). This is highly risky!
While in Internet Explorer, click on Tools | Internet Options
and go to the Security tab. The Custom Settings button takes
you to Security Settings. Choose Prompt for Download
signed ActiveX controls and Disable for Download unsigned ActiveX
- If any of your folders are shared for a local network, only share the
folders needed. Don't share the entire hard drive!
Avoid foreign objects - Avoid download
games that your kids friends bring over. Quite often, spyware is installed
Keep Windows updated - Set Windows to
automatically download updates and install them. Windows only
automatically download critical updates which are just that - critical.
- Prepare for the worst. Backup important data on CD's, DVD's, or a
back-up hard drive - often. Practice restoring data to know your back-ups
work properly before you need them!