Improve the Security of Your Home Computer

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We all want to make our home computers more secure.
As many of us are not sure where to start or who’s advice to trust, here are are some tips from a very reliable source: The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

Connect to a Secure Network

Although cable modems, digital subscriber lines and internet service providers offer some level of security monitoring, it’s crucial to secure your router—the first device that receives information from the Internet.

Enable and Configure a Firewall
A firewall controls the flow of information between your computer and the Internet. Most modern operating systems include a firewall. In addition to the operating system’s firewall, most routers have a built-in firewall.

Install and Use Antivirus and Anti-spyware Software
Many types of antivirus and anti-spyware software can detect the possible presence of malware by looking for patterns in the files or memory of your computer.

Remove Unnecessary Programs

Check the software on your computer. If you don’t know what a program does and don’t use it, research it to determine whether you need it.

Modify Unnecessary Default Features

Modifying unnecessary default features eliminates other opportunities for attack. Review the features that came enabled by default on your computer and disable or customize those you don’t need or plan to use.

Operate Under the Principle of Least Privilege

In most instances of a malware infection, the malware can operate only under the rights of the logged-in user. To minimize the impact of malware, use a standard or restricted user account for day-to-day activities.

Secure Your Web Browser
Web browsers installed on new computers usually don’t have secure default settings. Securing your browser is a critical step to improving your computer’s security because an increasing number of attacks take advantage of web browsers.

Apply Software Updates and Enable Future Automatic Updates
Most software vendors release updates to patch or fix vulnerabilities, flaws and weaknesses in their software. Because intruders can exploit these bugs, it is important to keep your software updated.

Follow Good Security Practices
You can do some simple things to improve your computer’s security. Some of the most important are:

•    Be wary of email attachments and non-trusted links. Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe, even if they come from a person you know.
•    Use caution when providing sensitive information. Some email or web pages that appear to come from a legitimate source may actually be the work of an attacker.
•    Create strong passwords. Only use passwords that contain eight or more characters, a variety of uppercase and lowercase letters, and at least one symbol and number.

Block Pop-up Adds on your web browsers
Adblock plus is a free plugin for most browsers that help stop annoying ads and exploits from entering your ever day computer use while browsing the internet.

What is Java Auto Update? How does automatic update work?

Java Update is a feature that keeps your Windows computer up-to-date with the latest Java releases. When you have auto update enabled, your system periodically checks for new versions of Java. When a new version is found we ask your permission to upgrade your Java installation. You can schedule how often to check for updates, or check manually at any time.

+ Secure our Computers

We all want to make our home computers more secure.
As many of us are not sure where to start or who’s advice to trust, here are are some tips from a very reliable source: The Department of Homeland Security’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

+ Secure Network

Connect to a Secure Network

Although cable modems, digital subscriber lines and internet service providers offer some level of security monitoring, it’s crucial to secure your router—the first device that receives information from the Internet.

+ Configure a Firewall

Enable and Configure a Firewall
A firewall controls the flow of information between your computer and the Internet. Most modern operating systems include a firewall. In addition to the operating system’s firewall, most routers have a built-in firewall.

+ Antivirus Protection

Install and Use Antivirus and Anti-spyware Software
Many types of antivirus and anti-spyware software can detect the possible presence of malware by looking for patterns in the files or memory of your computer.

+ Unnecessary Programs

Remove Unnecessary Programs

Check the software on your computer. If you don’t know what a program does and don’t use it, research it to determine whether you need it.

+ Default Features

Modify Unnecessary Default Features

Modifying unnecessary default features eliminates other opportunities for attack. Review the features that came enabled by default on your computer and disable or customize those you don’t need or plan to use.

+ Privileges

Operate Under the Principle of Least Privilege

In most instances of a malware infection, the malware can operate only under the rights of the logged-in user. To minimize the impact of malware, use a standard or restricted user account for day-to-day activities.

+ Web Browser

Secure Your Web Browser
Web browsers installed on new computers usually don’t have secure default settings. Securing your browser is a critical step to improving your computer’s security because an increasing number of attacks take advantage of web browsers.

+ Automatic Updates

Apply Software Updates and Enable Future Automatic Updates
Most software vendors release updates to patch or fix vulnerabilities, flaws and weaknesses in their software. Because intruders can exploit these bugs, it is important to keep your software updated.

+ Security Practices

Follow Good Security Practices
You can do some simple things to improve your computer’s security. Some of the most important are:

•    Be wary of email attachments and non-trusted links. Don’t open attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re safe, even if they come from a person you know.
•    Use caution when providing sensitive information. Some email or web pages that appear to come from a legitimate source may actually be the work of an attacker.
•    Create strong passwords. Only use passwords that contain eight or more characters, a variety of uppercase and lowercase letters, and at least one symbol and number.

+ Block Popups

Block Pop-up Adds on your web browsers
Adblock plus is a free plugin for most browsers that help stop annoying ads and exploits from entering your ever day computer use while browsing the internet.

+ Java and Flash updates

What is Java Auto Update? How does automatic update work?

Java Update is a feature that keeps your Windows computer up-to-date with the latest Java releases. When you have auto update enabled, your system periodically checks for new versions of Java. When a new version is found we ask your permission to upgrade your Java installation. You can schedule how often to check for updates, or check manually at any time.