Defend your Computer If you have a PC (a Windows based system), make sure you have anti-virus, spyware, and firewall software installed – Turn on automatic updates to make sure you keep your software up-to-date – Keep your browser up-to-date Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox are some examples of browsers you may be using
There is malware so you must be careful Malware: software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems The worst offenders: MacKeeper and other so-called “cleaner” programs These show up as a pop-up. Do not allow this program to be downloaded! If you have downloaded it, it must be removed
Quiz Clicking on pop-up ads: A. Is a safe way to explore the internet B. Can lead you to a potentially unsafe website and possibly ask for personal or payment information you do not need to give
Clicking on pop-up ads : A. Is a safe way to explore the internet B. Can lead you to a potentially unsafe website and possibly ask for personal or payment information you do not need to give
Guard e-mail and other accounts with strong passwords Use at least 8 characters Include upper case and lower case letters Use numbers and/or symbols Do not use the same password for various accounts
Keep passwords secret and secure! The best way to keep track of your passwords is with a password app Check out Dashlane and 1Password A password app will keep track of all your passwords You only need to remember ONE password, and that is the password for your password app
Treat your password like a toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it and get a new one every six months. -Clifford Stoll
Use Email More Safely Watch out for messages that say: You’ve won a lottery You need to send money to your grandchild You need to help a relative “transfer funds” These are all SCAMS
Sometimes SPAM comes from people we know. Do not click on links just because you know or recognize the sender. If the content does not make sense, does not look right, or consists of just a link to click or a document to open, DO NOT CLICK, DO NOT OPEN. Contact the Sender and ask if he or she sent the link to you.
BEWARE OF PHISHING Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Look at the web address in your browser, make sure the web address starts with https:// Look for a closed padlock in your web browser. When you click on the padlock you should see a message that states the name of the company and that “The connection to the server is encrypted”.
The padlock may be in a different location than shown. It could be on the bottom of the browser or in some other location