July 12, 2004

10 must do tips to make your Windows PC more secure

Computer Cops ran an article yesterday on '10 must do tips to make your Windows PC more secure '.

Here is the summary of that list of tips:

  1. Update your anti-virus software once a week and run a complete test.
  2. Install a firewall.
  3. Update your operating system with the latest patches every 2 weeks.
  4. Do not use Internet Explorer
  5. Be very careful where you give personal information out.
  6. Be very careful opening email attachments
  7. Ignore virus warning emails
  8. Use anti-spyware software
  9. Do not forward emails that claim something will happen if you send it to a certain number of people
  10. Backup up important files

Ok, Ok. It's a pretty dull list. We know all this. But if you could get your grandma to actually DO THIS... it would be a start :)

Posted by SilverStr at July 12, 2004 07:36 AM | TrackBack

How does #8 help?

I agree with the rest, but I would add "Don't click yes to dialog boxes unless you know what they are asking"...

Posted by: Gareth Lewin at July 12, 2004 08:59 AM

Cleaning your system of spyware apps is a good way to prevent FURTHER information disclosure. Not much you can do about existing trends it may have already tracked, passwords it may have snooped etc.

Some Anti-spyware apps now have defenses to STOP Spyware from getting installed in the first place. I know of one anti-spyware product that has approached me to see about bundling my intrusion prevention technology into their app to further refine this.

Like everything else, security is a process, not a product. Anti-spyware isn't the end all to solve everything. But its a good part of a defense-in-depth posture on your machine.

Posted by: SilverStr at July 12, 2004 09:46 AM

I'd also add a note to use mozilla thunderbird or some sort of spam blocking software, which'll help you get rid of spyware and adware. If you have to use outlook set up spam blocking on your mail server so spam is never downloaded to your system. Or purchase one of the many addins available for outlook (I assume there are many anwyay).

Of course, not using IE or OE is a huge step towards making your computer and personal information more secure :)

Posted by: Arcterex at July 12, 2004 10:03 AM