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. If you need to know more or want to argue, please stay.
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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • Personal computers (at home or library) • Windows operating system (esp. XP) • Any Internet connection (esp. broadband)
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 • 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 • 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? • 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 • 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 • Christine McCauslen, SARCOM614-854-1437OPLIN Antivirus Quote 2505 (12/07/04)www.oplin.org/presentations/antivirus.xls
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 • Javacool SpywareBlasterhttp://www.javacoolsoftware.com • Free for personal and educational use. • Paying gives you automatic 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 • 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? • OPLINTECH listhttp://mail.oplin.org/mailman/listinfo/oplintechThe unofficial member list of the OLC IT division • Don Yarman (firstname.lastname@example.org)OPLIN Library Services Manager • Jim Mann (email@example.com) Technology Coordinator GCPL • This presentation is available online at www.oplin.org/presentations/jhm_fourthings.ppt