Easy Security Tips for All Computer Users

  1. Use strong, unique, secure passwords for all computer accounts (email, banking, etc.).  A strong password is not a word that could be found in the dictionary and contains upper and lower case characters, numbers and symbols.  A secure password is not shared with anyone or written down. A unique password is not used for more than one account.
  2. Even better, use a password manager. Machines are much better at coming up with impossible to guess passwords than people!
  3. Enable multifactor authentication on your accounts. Having an authenticator app or token or even receiving a text or email with a one-time code is an extremely effective way to harden your accounts.
  4. Do not open unknown files attached to emails or install or run unknown programs. These could contain malware.
  5. Keep all programs up-to-date.  Configure your computer to automatically install security updates, so that you don’t have to remember to do it.  Updates fix exploits that hackers could use to take control of your computer.
  6. Periodically back up important files on an external drive or to the cloud.  If your computer is attacked, having backups of important files can be a lifesaver.
  7. If you have a wireless network,  make sure it is secured with a password that follows the secure password guidelines. For information on how to configure your network, check with your internet service provider.
  8. Never use email to send personal information. Email is not a secure medium – assume that a malicious party can read whatever you write.  Doing so helps avoid falling prey to “phishers,” people who send out fraudulent emails looking for personal information.


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