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10 tips for securing your computer
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/27/2005 | General Articles | Rating:
10 tips for securing your computer

1. Update / patch ALL your software every now and then!

2. Check / adjust ALL your settings so they are safe, since they ARENT by default!

3. Use firewall, like ZoneAlarm!

4. Use good passwords: at least 13marks long, containing both letters and numbers. Remember to chance your password every few months atleast!

5. Get a good antivirus program: F-Secure or Norton Antivirus and keep it updated!

6. Donít open or execute files that you are not 100% sure are absolutely safe nomatter where or how you get them.

7. Wipe your historyfiles (like cookies, internet history and temporary files, etc.), logs and personal files, with specific wiping program (like Eraser) instead of just deleting them.

8. Use encryption to enhance your privacy! Use encrypted email (like Hushmail or Ziplip) and encrypt sensitive files on your computer (PGP).

9. Donít use public computers for anything you need to type in your logins, they usually have Trojan horses that capture your passwords.

10. Donít assume anything. If you donít know, find out! If you cant or donít understand, ask someone who knows! Thereís nothing more dangerous than doing something you donít really know anything about. Thatís the best way to cripple your system or get a Trojan horse on your computer!

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You listed a few security should-do's that I had not thought about, but make perfect sense to adhere to. Thanks for this Fantastic site!
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Norton SUCKS! you forgot to say AVG Antivirus (free) ;) Thanks for the info :)
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    You've listed various software to eliminate problems but it would be nice to give a link to those sites as well. Thanks, good article.
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    xp foleder lock
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I rated this article this score because, I am not too sure if you are giving your real opinion of the best hardware to buy or these are the product that support your website.Otherwise the advice are sound, I'll still keep you bookmark for future reference.
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Nice tips! I use Kaspersky Anti-Virus and I update it every day. Hwever my computer was infected by about 80 viruses before I had kaspersky. Good Job!
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    how bout set browser to not accept cookies when coming to this site as tribalfusion pop-ups make what you say seem like a joke
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    dont use norton antivirus...it SUCKS
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    The basics for allround protection. You can't go wrong. Thanx. AVG is also a good av program
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    For those like me that are not completely computer literate, tells us how to do some of these. ie erase history files and encryption. Also a good external firewall 'Alphashield,' and you don't need to pay each year.
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    recomending payware (Norton, F-Secure) as a must and not mention excellent freeware comes short to poor rating.
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    little knowledge
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this is sorta general info
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by Serg)
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    I recommend using AVG antivirus. It uses less system resources than NORTON, and It has a better data base as well.
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its common sense but still sound advice and it's FREE... which is allways a bonus thanks
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by carl)
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    yeah great advice mate but i would rather take a risk and get somewhere, NORTON eats the lot.. and so does macafee...also deleteting yourtemp files all the time slows you down
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Where is the information??????
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by unknown)
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    How about including things like secpol.msc, gpedit.msc, compmgmt.msc. Spybot works well and is free. AVG and norton both suck but avg is bearable. I use Avaast home edition which is free if you register every 60 days. It works well and doesn't chew all of my resources. Security is important yes, but how about elaborating further. ie renaming the administrator account and creating another account named administrator with no privileges. Or the classic login screen with ctrl+alt+del and a lockout policy...
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Yes, useful, but for not experienced users.
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank you very helpful
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    giving nice sugessions
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    its really usefull anyhow
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Good advices, however, I feel Norton is not a very good anti-virus program, rather one can use AVG as it gives good support to block spywares in addition of its primary job.
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by towoz@hotmail.com)
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    Download these: Secunia PSI keeps system secure Privatefirewall 7.0 study the help files Ad-aware se antivirus (beware ADWARE,IT is a virus) Malwarebytes use weekly. ccleaner,glary utillities,cleanup,cw shredder,use daily. All are FREE and first rate, some are not easy but persevere its worth it.
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Mujhe kuch pata nahi he but ye padh k bahot achha laga yaar... Achha Article He Such Me:)
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I like # 10.
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very usefull
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    jeah..but dont underestimate power of the firewall.!.. And i am using norton -->nothing poroblem whitit!
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    good buddy keep it up
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by fadel)
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    good job but nortan didnt save me from a virus and killed my computer funeral is on mondayt rip has any one heard of a log off error
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very good points for security. Norton's AV program is well rated, free is NOT always the best UNLESS one considers a Rolls Royce as a vehicle that "SUCKS". CincinnatiJim
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    We know these things, tell me which is unknown
     
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