Securing a PC

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  1. UPDATE! – keep Windows, Java, Adobe and Anti-virus up to date
  2. Don’t trust links in emails, even if from a friend
  3. Avoid downloading software, music, or games you don’t know
  4. Dont install anything from a website you don’t trust. Treat the Internet like the real world with lots of dark alleys you should keep clear of.
  5. Use secure passwords – a secure password should comprise of letters, in upper and lower case, plus numbers and/or other characters, like ! or $. Minimum password length is debateable, 8 is often the minimum requirement, but you should probably up that to at least 12. Avoid obvious ones like “password, letmein”, or a variation of your name, your dog or your house.
  6. Check that secure websites (where you provide sensitive information) have the prefix https: instead of http:
  7. Never give important login details to people who don’t need to know it.
  8. Get your kids their own computer and don’t let them on the one you use for banking / business

Give Adam a call on 01646 602248 if you are worried about your pc’s security.