How to keep your computer running fast and free of viruses, spyware, and hackers.
Hard to guess passwords have eight or more characters, and include a mix of numbers, lower case letters, capital letters, and special characters. Do not use words that can be found in the dictionary or common names, and do NOT use your name!
Do not open email attachments you are not expecting, even if they are from someone you know. Viruses from your friend's computer can send themselves to you!
Programs to share music/movies make your computer vulnerable and open to attack! Be sure to never give access to your computer through file sharing programs.
A firewall is the first step in keeping your computer hidden from intruders. Your computer's firewall is automatically enabled by default.
Be sure to keep it up-to-date and to scan for viruses daily. See the ITS virus support webpage for details.
Keep your anti-spyware programs updated and scan your computer daily. Do your best to avoid spyware by not clicking on suspicious links or popup windows. See the ITS spyware/adware support webpage for details.
Make sure you are up-to-date with your anti-virus software and operating system. When home, be sure to practice careful internet browsing.
Save your important files in your SSS or ESS folder. This ensures that your files will be available in the event of a hard drive crash or other unexpected event.(go here for more information).
Turning off your computer is the safest thing to do when it is not in use. It prevents hackers from gaining entry to your computer, it keeps your computer from overheating, and it saves energy to boot!