• Aaron Magruder

Common Security Tips to Keep You Safe on the World Wide Web


Here are a few common security tips that will help you avoid the majority of problems related to accessing the internet. 1. Use a good antivirus program, schedule automatic virus definition downloads and daily scheduled scans early in the morning. Create a task on your calendar to check the status of the definition downloads and scans. If scans aren't running with the most up to date definitions, antivirus doesn't do much good. I also emphasize "GOOD" antivirus software. Don't buy the $5 or $10 antivirus software and expect it to work. It doesn't. 2. Enable Windows Automatic Updates, if you don't have any custom developed applications on your computer. Most people use the basic web browser, Microsoft office and e-mail. Most updates that are automatically installed won't interfere with these applications. To enable automatic updates, open Internet Explorer, go to tools and Windows Updates. After the page loads, you will have the option to enable automatic updates on the right hand side if it is not already enabled. Vista already has this enabled by default. 3. Don't open e-mail attachments from unknown people. People can add links to e-mails and make them look like they go to one place but take you to another. If you aren't sure what it is, don't click it. 4. Don't click on links in social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook or MySpace that don't look right. i.e. Here is a funny video of you or Have you seen this picture of you or You've got to see this. These are all red flags. 5. Require people or vendors to follow these simple rules before adding anything to or using your network. Many times vendors will add devices such as printer that run Windows without installing antivirus or anyway to apply security patches.

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