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10 Things You Can do to Secure Your PC. Presented by Peter Nowak. OIS Client Services Manager. What Can I do. Turn off File Sharing Install Firewall Scan for Spy ware Anti-Virus Update Your OS Upgrade IE 6 to IE 7 Secure your Wireless Network Encrypt your Data Safe Passwords

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10 things you can do to secure your pc

10 Things You Can do to Secure Your PC

Presented by

Peter Nowak

OIS Client Services Manager


What can i do

What Can I do

  • Turn off File Sharing

  • Install Firewall

  • Scan for Spy ware

  • Anti-Virus

  • Update Your OS

  • Upgrade IE 6 to IE 7

  • Secure your Wireless Network

  • Encrypt your Data

  • Safe Passwords

  • Manage your accounts


Turn off file print sharing

Turn off File/Print Sharing

  • Many attacks will allow a malicious hacker to have complete read/write access to the contents of your hard-drive.

  • Be careful when using WiFi Hotspots.

NOTE: File sharing is enabled by default when Windows XP Home is installed onto your computer.


Install a firewall

Install a Firewall

  • A firewall can block malware that could otherwise scan your computer for vulnerabilities and then try to break in at a weak point.

  • Use a wired or wireless router with firewall features to provide additional protection.


Scan for spyware

Scan for Spyware

  • Dell claims that 12% of their calls now involve questions about spy ware.

  • Best defense is to use multiple anti-spy ware tools.

  • Select an anti-spy ware tool that provides:

    • Automatic updates

    • Real-time scans


Scan for viruses

Scan for Viruses

  • Scan your machine regularly

  • Use AV program with:

    • Real-time scanning

    • Automatic Updates

    • Email Scanning

  • Many AV programs require an annual subscription.


Keep your operating system up to date

Keep Your Operating System Up to date

  • Turn on auto-updates in Windows

  • Configure Auto-updates to patch the OS daily.

  • Ensure that the machine is on at the scheduled update time.


Update to internet explorer 7

Update to Internet Explorer 7

  • Features include:

    • Phishing filter

    • Cross Domain barriers

    • Color coded address bar

    • Extended Validation SSL Certificates


Secure your wireless network

Secure Your Wireless Network

  • Ensure your home network has the appropriate Encryption enabled.

  • Some wireless routers allow you to restrict access to your wireless network by listing all your wireless devices MAC addresses.

  • This will keep unwanted neighbors off your network.


Encrypt your data

Encrypt Your Data

  • Protects the data if your laptop is stolen.

  • You can encrypt select files or the entire hard drive.

  • Requires a separate password to un-encrypt the data before it can be accessed.


Strong passwords

Strong Passwords

  • Do not use personal information

  • Use mixed case passwords with numbers and special characters.

  • Change passwords often

  • Use pass phrases rather than passwords

    • Select aphrase that is easy to remember = [email protected]


Managing accounts

Managing Accounts

  • Logon as Administrator only when necessary.

  • Disable the Guest Account

  • Rename the Administrator Account


Lock your computer

Bonus Tip

Lock Your Computer

  • Set a password on your screen saver

  • Use the  + L function to lock the keyboard


Resources

Resources

  • http://netsecurity.about.com/cs/generalsecurity/a/aa112103b.htm

  • http://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Spyware-Evolving.html

  • http://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/download.aspx?docid=314832

  • http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/default.mspx


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