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PC Security. By Steven Bertke. Contents. Physical protection and Simple measures Passwords Firewalls Anti-Virus, Spyware and Malware Web browsers Email Patches Wireless Encryption Software. Physical Protection. Laptops: Multi-Purpose Hard-Shell Backpack Tracking software

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PC Security

By Steven Bertke

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Contents

  • Physical protection and Simple measures
  • Passwords
  • Firewalls
  • Anti-Virus, Spyware and Malware
  • Web browsers
  • Email
  • Patches
  • Wireless
  • Encryption Software
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Physical Protection

  • Laptops:
  • Multi-Purpose Hard-Shell Backpack
  • Tracking software
  • STOP Security plate
  • Desktops:
  • Lock your computer, i.e. ctrl+alt+del -> lock
  • Lock the door
  • Password protect everything
  • Password protected screensaver
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Passwords

  • Things not to do:
  • Don’t choose a simple password like your pets name 123
  • Don’t include your name or anyone in your families name
  • Don’t include your birthday
  • Don’t use common words
  • Don’t keep the same password for a long period of time
  • Don’t use the same password for every single thing that requires one.
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Passwords

  • Over 7 characters
  • Upper/Lowercase + Digits e.g. AhJtKthr207
  • Anny helped John take Kate to her recital
  • Add a date or number on the end e.g. 20th of the 7th
  • Make up words e.g. BloopShmear2000 or JuckNanYuck160
  • Different language
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Passwords

  • The SUPR tests
  • The Strong test: Is the password as strong (meaning length and content) as the rules allow?
  • The Unique test: Is the password unique and unrelated to any of your other passwords?
  • The Practical test: Can you remember it without having to write it down?
  • The Recent test: Have you changed it recently?
  • Keep them guessing!
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Firewalls

  • What is a firewall?
  • Hardware = Router
  • Software = Windows XP ect
  • Differences
  • Up to you to decide!
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Anti-Virus ect

  • What is a virus?
  • What is spyware?
  • What is malware?
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Anti-Virus ect

  • Crucial for securing your PC!
  • Why?
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Anti-Virus ect

  • Anti-Virus examples:
  • AVG
  • Norton
  • Kapersky
  • BitDefender
  • Avast!
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Anti-Virus ect

  • Anti-Spyware examples:
  • Spybot Search and Destroy
  • SUPERAntiSpyware
  • Spy Sweeper
  • Ad-Aware Pro
  • Macafee Virus Scan and Anti Spyware
  • ..and many more.
  • Choose which ever you prefer
  • Update your AV(Anti-Virus) and Anti-Spyware!
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Web Browsers

  • Major weakness in computers defences
  • Choose a safe and reliable browser
  • Stay away from Internet Explorer!
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Firefox add-ons
  • No-Script
  • WOT(Web of Trust)
  • ... and many more!
  • Google “Firefox add-ons”
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Email

  • Email Clients
  • Google Mail
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
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Email

  • KRESV tests;
  • The Know test: Is the email from someone that you know?
  • The Received test: Have you received email from this sender before?
  • The Expect test: Were you expecting email with an attachment from this sender?
  • The Sense test: Does the email from the sender make sense. Does the subject line and attachment add up?
  • The Virus test: Does this email contain a virus? Scan the email for a virus
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Patches

  • What is a patch?
  • Importance of fixing vulnerabilities
  • Update your OS
  • Web browsers
  • Anti-virus ect
  • Any internet dependant application
  • Do it regularly !
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Wireless

  • Protect your wireless network
  • Drive by hackers
  • Change your networks name
  • Wi-Fi network encryption
  • WEP = NO!
  • WPA2 ect = YES!!
  • Hide your SSID
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Wireless

  • Honeypots:
  • Probably to good to be true
  • If you must use them:
  • Don’t sign into your financial accounts!
  • Type as little private information as possible
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Encryption Software

  • What is it?
  • Examples of software
  • Windows Bitlocker/Bitlocker to go
  • Truecrypt
  • How can it help?
  • Windows Bitlocker; Good for USB storage devices
  • Truecrypt; Good for hidden volumes
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Encryption Software

  • Hidden volumes = hidden locked container
  • Create a file
  • Choose how big you want the “container” to be
  • Name the file
  • Give it a password
  • Put it where you want
  • Mount it with Truecrypt
  • Now becomes like an extra hard drive
  • Put stuff in it
  • Unmount it
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Conclusion

Keep it safe!

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