Best Tips To Secure Your personal computer

Below are the high level recommendations from AJARR to secure your personal Computer or Laptop, 

  1. Stay up-to-date with Windows or any other OS software patches and updates.
  2. Use Anti-virus Software keeping updates current updates and Scan in regular intervals. I recommend scheduling automated scans. 
  3. Use Anti-Spyware Software keeping current updates and Scan in regular intervals. I recommend scheduling automated scans. 
  • Enable firewall software, Windows do have built-in firewall Software's. Windows Firewall is a software component of Microsoft Windows that provides fire-wall and packet filtering functions. It was first included in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Prior to the release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 in 2004, it was known as Internet Connection Firewall.
  • Use strong passwords, never use predictable passwords like spouse or kids name, birth dates. Always combine with Upper case characters / lower case characters / Special Characters & numbers. 
  • Ensure you have physical security, if you have any devices which are critical and has data. 
  • Remove unnecessary Windows (and other operating system) services and stop them manually. 
  • Use secure system configurations settings (including browser settings. 
  • Don't open any e-mail attachments unless you know the sender AND know that it was intentionally sent to you.
  • Never provide your password or other personal information via e-mail; no legitimate organization would ever request your password via e-mail.
  • Though it is recommended that sensitive data not be stored on personal computers or personal storage devices, it will, in some cases, be necessary to work with SSNs and other sensitive information and retain that information on a desktop computer or personal storage devices. In all such cases this sensitive information must be encrypted when on a personal computer or personal storage device such as a USB drive or an external hard drive.
  • Make periodic backup copies of data from your hard drive, especially if this data is essential to business functions. Secure backup devices (flash drives, remote hard disks, CDs, etc.) when leaving the work area.
  • Never click on a link within an e-mail or visit a web site unless you know the web site is reputable and virus and malware free.
  • Never open e-mail attachments from unknown people / senders.
  • Logoff when leave your computer unattended, use very strong screen saver passwords.
  • Never propagate (re-send) “chain mail” that may contain links to sites with viruses or malware.
  • Thoroughly evaluate shareware or free software, it may contain a virus.

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