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Best Practices to protect your computer system

The following are best practices that you should take to protect your computer system:

  • Verify that security patches, anti-virus, and anti-spyware software are kept up to date
  • Ensure that you have a firewall that is properly configured
  • Never open a suspicious email
  • Be especially wary of opening files that end in .exe
  • Safeguard your password
  • Encrypt the hard drive of your laptop to protect contents in case it is lost or stolen
  • If you are using a wireless connection:
    • Change the default network name (SSID) and password
    • Avoid connecting to a public Wi-Fi location

Take the E-mail Safety Test

  • So you know the sender?
  • Have you safely received emails from this sender before?
  • Were you expecting an email with an attachment from this sender?
  • Does it make logical sense that the sender would send the e-mail, especially if it offers an attachment or a link?
  • Could it contain a virus? The only way to know this is to have an anti-virus program installed.