Everyone knows it’s not safe out there in cyberspace. Your privacy and your money are at risk all the time if you don’t know and practice safe computing. In particular, five security mistakes can really set you up for disaster. This article from MakeUseOf goes into greater detail, but I wanted to give you my take on them, since I have been advocating safe computing practices here for years. Here’s the list:
- Running without and/or not updating Anti-malware software
- Running without a firewall
- Poor email security habits
- Weak passwords and/or passwords used more than once
- Sharing personal information
No computer in existence should be running without anti-malware software and it’s absolutely unthinkable to let it run without updating. I recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for a worry-free solution.
A firewall running on your PC will prevent common internet malware from being able to access your PC’s open ports.
Never click on a link in an email if you don’t know the source of the email. In fact, never click on any link in any unsolicited email regardless of who it’s from, even if it appears to be from someone you know.
It goes without saying that you should always use strong passwords and never use them more than once. Yes, it’s a pain in the hindquarters, but the alternative is much worse.
Be very careful about sharing personal information with anyone, especially people you don’t know. For example, never let a credit or debit card leave your sight. Take your tab to the cashier and hand her your card so you can see it being scanned.