Many home computers’ security systems are significantly out of date. Check to make sure yours isn't!
Your PC Security Checklist
Here are some tips that will protect your computer from intrusions.
- Purchase anti-virus software, such as Norton™ or McAfee®. Update the software at least once a week – most have a feature where you can schedule it to search for updates automatically.
- Scan your computer for viruses at least weekly. Most software will let you set up automatic virus scans.
- Frequently back-up your files. It’s a good idea to have a back-up that isn’t on your computer, such as a DVD, CD, external hard drive, etc.
- Delete spam emails and be careful with attachments. Avoid attachments that end in .exe even if they come from a reliable source. Many viruses once installed will send out an email to your entire address book.
- Use strong passwords. Passwords should be at least eight characters and include numbers and letters. Don’t share your passwords. Don’t write your passwords down and leave them near your computer.
- Install and update anti-spyware software. Some operating systems offer free anti-spyware software or you can purchase it from your local electronics store.
Quick Tip: Cut down on emails flooding your primary email address by setting up a free email account. Give that email address out when signing up for things online.