3 Tips for Avoiding Malware at Home
April 6, 2011
By Andrew Hayter

Educating consumers on safe computing practices is a real passion of mine. In the video embedded below, I cover three of the most important tips for creating a safe computing environment at home. 

First and most important is to keep your PCs operating system updated. Second is to install a certified anti-virus program. A list of those can be found here.  Additionally, exercise caution before clicking on a link, especially on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter.  Make sure you know where that link will take you before selecting it.  

Finally, in light of recent headlines on phishing scams, be very careful when sharing personal information over the web.  Your credit card company is never going to send you an email asking to confirm your credit card or social security number.  The general rule of thumb is to be cautious. If you are suspicious about a communication, call the company to confirm. You can also forward the email to the Federal Trade Commission at spam@uce.gov, which maintains a database of spam and phishing scams for law enforcement purposes.

Check out the video for more details.

 

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