10 Computer Security Checklist You Should Know to be Safe

Computer Security 10 Computer Security Checklist You Should Know to be SafeAre you sure that your computer is totally safe? If you are, then think again. Computers are high risk of being the target of hackers and viruses. You must be extra careful especially if you have even the smallest kind of business, notably for you who use Windows. Below is 10 security checklist that will help you to keep your computer safe.

  1. Use Windows-update to download patches for Windows and security updates regularly
  2. If you are a user of Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP4, set the feature of Automatic Client Update to automatically download and install updates. If your computer is not set automatic updates, go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com regularly.

  3. Keep your anti-virus up to date
  4. Do not forget to regularly update your anti-virus software, and scan your computer daily for protection.

  5. Give a password for every user account on your computer
  6. It is better to change your password at least every 90 days. Accounts that have no passwords have the biggest risk as an easy target for viruses and also hackers. Use a password that is hard to guess.

  7. Regularly back up your data in CDs or DVDs
  8. Upgrade to Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
  9. Only if your computer supports the program. The new security features in Windows XP Service Pack 2 can help to protect your computer.

  10. Use personal firewall or Cable/DSL router
  11. If you are a notebook computer user, then you might install a product of personal firewall in addition to the Cable/DSL router. The function of personal firewall product is to protect your computer when you are connected to a ‘public’ networks.

  12. Apply anti-Spyware software
  13. Do not forget to keep it up to date. Some anti-virus softwares that can detect and remove Spyware are Symantec Antivirus, Spybot, and Ad-Aware. Some are available for free download.

  14. Be aware when opening Email attachments
  15. Do not open email attachments that are sent to you carelessly, especially if you are not expecting the email, even when the email is sent by someone that you know.

  16. Do not click on pop-up ads
  17. Do not download files from unknown websites
  18. It prevails when you are installing softwares, screensavers, etc., from the websites that you are not familiar with. If it is free, then the risk of getting Spyware is very high.

By doing the checklist above, your computer will surely be safe. Your business, data, and any other information in it, will be protected.

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