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Back To School: Computer Security
It's time to head back to class. Before you – or your child –
head off to school, you should take some time to secure your
computer and educate yourself about online security. From viruses
and spyware to phishing schemes and cyber bullying, there are
threats online that you should be concerned about.
Be online savvy:
The first line of defense against an online threat is you. Be
careful about clicking links on Facebook and even Twitter. These
could infect your computer with malware.
You should be wary about emails
asking for your passwords or other confidential information.
These might seem to be official, such as coming from a bank or
your university's help desk, but really they are phishing
schemes. Cybercriminals use these emails to try to trick you
into giving them confidential information that they can use for
identity theft, fraud or to drain your bank account.
Stay up to date:
Homework is not the only thing students need to keep up to date
with. Programs such as iTunes, Flash and Java and your Windows
operating system are updated on a regular basis to patch
vulnerabilities and improve the software. By updating, you will
not only get a better performing program, but a safer one as
Use a security software:
In a recent survey of U.S. Internet users, 77 percent of
teenagers said they were very or somewhat confident their
computers would not be infected by a virus. However, 65 percent
of parents said their computers had been infected! You need to
have a firewall and virus or spyware protection.
Keep bullies at bay:
Many teens say they have been bullied online or by text
messages. More girls than boys said they were bullied. It is
usually best not to respond to bullies and not to retaliate. You
should keep copies of what has happened just in case the
situation escalates. You should “unfriend” the bully or block
their instant messages or texts.
Review your Facebook
Privacy Settings: How much do you or your child want to
share with everyone? Now is a good time to review the privacy
settings for Facebook and other social networking sites.
Use good passwords:
Could your computer, bank account or social networking accounts
be easily hacked? Take time to review your password and see if
it is time for a change. Longer passwords (more than eight
characters) that have numbers, letters and special characters
(such as punctuation) in them are recommended. You do not want
to use words that people could easily connect to you, such as
your significant other's name or school mascot. You also should
avoid words found in a dictionary. Some security experts
recommend choosing a password that would seem like gibberish to
- Back up your files: Malware, power surges
or outages and a variety of other things could damage your
computer's memory. You have worked too hard not to back up your
files. There are a variety of options for doing this, including
flash drives and cloud storage services.
We know you have plenty on your mind in back to school season.
However, a little time spent now thinking about computer security
could save a lot of headaches later in the school year.
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