Microsoft has published a short set of guidelines for using the Internet safely at home. It contains no new revelations, but it’s a concise, plain-English list of tips that you can use as a checklist to see if you’re using the proper security practices.
Their list of Top Tips for Internet Safety at Home is as follows:
- Defend your computer
- Protect sensitive personal information
- Think before you click
- Create strong passwords and keep them secret
- Protect yourself from e-mail scams
- Use social networks more safely
- Take extra steps to keep kids safer online.
The beauty of these seven tips is that by using the list and implementing the suggested tips you’ll have improved the safety of your Internet computing to the level of best practices.
I think that many home computer users, or at least those who believe they should secure their computers, think that using computer security best practices is just too involved and/or too hard to do. However, this relatively simple list of tips shows that good computer security isn’t too complicated and is doable for even the untrained home user.
My advice is to download the PDF from Microsoft’s site, read the tips and their descriptions, and determine if you can implement all of them. If you don’t understand any of them, or don’t know how to accomplish them, get some help from a knowledgeable friend or ask questions of one of your technical support folks at work. If that’s not possible, find an online tech or a local one and pay them to help you. Believe me, it’s worth it to use the Internet safely. I say this because, if you were infected with a banking virus, it could empty your savings and checking accounts. This is serious business…there are very ugly acting crooks and malware on the Internet right now who are looking for Internet users who are unprotected and vulnerable…don’t let that be you.
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Home computing is a blast…keep it safe, productive and enjoyable.
Ref: Microsoft guidelines link (scroll to the bottom under related links).