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1 10 Things You Can do to Secure Your PC Presented by Peter Nowak OIS Client Services Manager

2 What Can I do 1.Turn off File Sharing 2.Install Firewall 3.Scan for Spy ware 4.Anti-Virus 5.Update Your OS 6.Upgrade IE 6 to IE 7 7.Secure your Wireless Network 8.Encrypt your Data 9.Safe Passwords 10.Manage your accounts

3 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.

4 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.

5 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

6 Scan for Viruses Scan your machine regularly Use AV program with: Real-time scanning Automatic Updates Scanning Many AV programs require an annual subscription.

7 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.

8 Update to Internet Explorer 7 Features include: Phishing filter Cross Domain barriers Color coded address bar Extended Validation SSL Certificates

9 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.

10 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.

11 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 a phrase that is easy to remember =

12 Managing Accounts Logon as Administrator only when necessary. Disable the Guest Account Rename the Administrator Account

13 Lock Your Computer Set a password on your screen saver Use the  + L function to lock the keyboard Bonus Tip

14 Resources ity/a/aa112103b.htmhttp://netsecurity.about.com/cs/generalsecur ity/a/aa112103b.htm yware-Evolving.htmlhttp://www.windowsecurity.com/articles/Sp yware-Evolving.html wnload.aspx?docid=314832http://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/do wnload.aspx?docid= ts/winfamily/ie/default.mspxhttp://www.microsoft.com/windows/produc ts/winfamily/ie/default.mspx

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