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Four Things You Should Do to Your Computer Today Jim Mann OLC IT Division Southwest Chapter Conference Spring 2005 The Four Things Automatic Updates Firewall Antivirus Adware/Spyware Removal That’s all I’m saying; you may go to another session.

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four things you should do to your computer today

Four Things You Should Do to Your Computer Today

Jim Mann

OLC IT Division

Southwest Chapter Conference

Spring 2005

the four things
The Four Things
  • Automatic Updates
  • Firewall
  • Antivirus
  • Adware/Spyware Removal

That’s all I’m saying; you may go to another session.

If you need to know more or want to argue, please stay.

just one more thing
Just One More Thing
  • Have your original disks, serial numbers,, etc.
  • Make regular backups and keep backup safe
    • CDRW, USB, DVDRW
  • Don’t let the skunks keep you out of the woods
quick quiz
Quick Quiz
  • Are you surprised that your IP is visible to anyone on the Internet?
  • Do you think an animated cartoon woman in a bikini knows your computer contains porn?
  • Can you live without WeatherBug or WebShots?
my objectives
My Objectives
  • Doing anything is better than doing nothing.
  • My recommendations may not be the absolute “best” thing you can do -- that’s a moving target anyway.
  • I’ll present a baseline of what you must do, some recommendations of how to do it, and we’ll discuss what you can do above and beyond the minimum.
credit where it s due
Credit where it’s due
  • OPLINTECH list, 30 June 2004
  • “How to keep your PC spyware and malware free for nothing!”
  • Jim Kenzig, Cuyahoga County PL Network Manager

http://www.thinworkplace.com/article_read.asp?id=62

what i m talking about
What I’m talking about
  • Personal computers (at home or library)
  • Windows operating system (esp. XP)
  • Any Internet connection (esp. broadband)
1 enable automatic updates
1. Enable Automatic Updates
  • Latest service packs and hotfixes
  • To enable:
    • Go to your Control Panel
    • Automatic Updates or Security Center
    • Second or Third radio button
      • Second option? You have to install
      • Third button not good choice if you don’t have broadband at home
older pc without automatic updates
Older PC without Automatic Updates
  • Update manually through Internet Explorerhttp://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
  • Scan for and install all critical updates
  • Return repeatedly to get all updates
  • Office updates are separatehttp://office.microsoft.com/officeupdate
2 install a good firewall
2. Install a good firewall
  • If you have Windows XP, enable Windows Internet Connection Firewall.
  • [Automatically enabled in Service Pack 2]
  • Directions on Microsoft sitehttp://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/learnmore/icf.mspx
not windows xp
Not Windows XP?
  • Obtain good software or purchase router with a hardware firewall
  • Norton/McAfee firewall and antivirus
  • Jim Kenzig recommends Sygate Personal Firewallhttp://smb.sygate.com/products/spf_standard.htm
  • WindowsSecrets.com recommends Linksys hardware firewallsandZoneAlarm Pro/Security Suitehttp://www.zonelabs.com
  • With software firewalls, the first time that you run any program that tries to access the Internet, a pop-up will ask if you want to allow it. (You will be amazed).
3 maintain antivirus
3. Maintain Antivirus
  • No excuses.
  • Spend the money. Update definitions daily.
  • Review leaders: ConsumerSearch.com says“PC Magazine, CNet.com, PC World”
    • Trend Micro PC-cillin (includes personal firewall)
      • Trend Housecall
      • Trend SysClean
    • Grisoft AVG Free editionhttp://www.free.grisoft.com
    • Symantec/Norton
ohio library pricing
Ohio library pricing
  • Christine McCauslen, SARCOM614-854-1437OPLIN Antivirus Quote 2505 (12/07/04)www.oplin.org/presentations/antivirus.xls
4 remove adware
4. Remove Adware
  • Microsoft Windows AntiSpyware [beta]http://www.microsoft.com/spyware
  • SpyWare Sweeperhttp://www.webroot.com/
  • Sunbelt Software CounterSpyhttp://www.sunbelt-software.com(PC World recommendation)
prevention recommendation
Prevention Recommendation
  • Javacool SpywareBlasterhttp://www.javacoolsoftware.com
  • Free for personal and educational use.
  • Paying gives you automatic updates.
updates updates updates
Updates Updates Updates
  • Critical updates to your operating system
  • Access updates in your firewall rules
  • Definition updates for your antivirus
  • Definition updates for adware removal
other things that help
Other things that help
  • Spam management
    • MSN, Yahoo, AOL
  • Pop-up blockers
    • Google advanced toolbar
  • Get off the bandwagon
    • Use Firefox (Thunderbird is nice too)
  • Content filtering
    • I’m not talking about patrons; I mean you.
    • AdSubtract.com or userContent.csshttp://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/adblock
questions
Questions?
  • OPLINTECH listhttp://mail.oplin.org/mailman/listinfo/oplintechThe unofficial member list of the OLC IT division
  • Don Yarman (yarmando@oplin.org)OPLIN Library Services Manager
  • Jim Mann (jmann@gcpl.lib.oh.us)

Technology Coordinator

GCPL

  • This presentation is available online at www.oplin.org/presentations/jhm_fourthings.ppt