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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
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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