First of all, I am embarrassed that I haven't posted for over a month. So, here goes. Below is a hand out that I gave at a talk to the Mondamin Library Computer Class last night on omputer security. I had a great time and talked for over an hour to eager learners. I love to help people realize the potential of their computers and the information that the internet holds.
Mondamin Library Computer Class
DO NOT EVER put personal information on the web unless the address bar has
DO NOT EVER give personal information to anyone that calls you or e-mails you
Credit card companies, bank, police etc
if you need to verify information, get the phone number from your statement or the phone book and call them back.
DO NOT use the preview pane of your e-mail client
DO NOT open e-mails or attachments or click on hyperlinks in e-mails from people that you do not know.
Have your Windows update automatically and do all optional Windows updates
Have a trusted person wipe the hard drive of your old computer
BACKUP,BACKUP,BACKUP any files that you cannot recreate
Website to opt out of credit card mail offers for 5 years
Website to put 3 telephone numbers of the telemarketer DO NOT CALL LIST
CCleaner – run weekly
is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast and contains NO Spyware or Adware!
Spybot Search & Destroy – run weekly
Removes spyware and adware from your computer that can slow down your machine
Auslogics disk defrag – run weekly
Disk fragmentation leads to system slowdowns, PC crashes, slow startups and shutdowns. Auslogics Disk Defrag is designed for fast optimization of modern hard disks.
AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 8.5
Basic antivirus and antispyware protection for Windows available to download for free. Limited features, no support, for private and non-commercial use only.
OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.
Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage's FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem... A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.
KeePass is a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.
Snapfiles – Free trusted software
I know that you can Google and find most any software that you need, BUT is the site safe to download from? Snap files is that safe site and has 100’s of free programs to download.