Safe Computing

Here’s a compilation of security practices you should follow for safe computing on your pc.



What to do The solution
Use DNS filtering Nortondns provides dns-based filtering solution that protects you from the moment you hit enter (or click a link).
Beware of Phishing and social engineering We have an article on how to recognize phishing attempts.
Do NOT use the computer with administrative rights If you are an administrator on your computer, all programs have admin rights as well, including virus and malware. Running as a limited user limits the damage that a virus and malware can cause to your system.
Keep you antivirus program up to date I have seen many home and office systems running with expired antivirus signatures without the users/company even knowing that they were not protected any more by the antivirus program.
Use a anti malware program Malware is NOT virus. Unless you use a program that has both antivirus and antimalware solutions, you need a separate antimalware program to remove the malware
Use the User Account Control Although sometimes is annoying, by having a UAC pops up, warning you that something is happening on the system
Only download and run trustworthy software Get the software from its official website.
Keep you software updated Hackers like to target people now via non-patched programs, like java, adobe reader, skype, flash player, etc.  to gain access to your system. Combining this issue and the issue that persons are using their pc with administrative rights and the risk to get a system infected multiplies.
Use strong and unique passwords, and consider using 2 factor authentication. We have articles about

1: strong passwords

2: password strategy

3: 2 factor authentication.