Safe Computing Practices

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Postby Griebel97 » Wed May 13, 2009 2:32 am

There are some relatively simple things you can do to help protect yourself from viruses and worms. Consider those listed on this page. There are some common sense things REMOVED ADVERT LINK can do to help protect yourself against viruses and worms.

Update AV Software. Obviously, the first and foremost save computing practice would be to make certain you keep your anti-virus software up to date. Do this at least weekly; more often if there are news reports of a new fast-spreading virus or worm.

Safe Boot Disk: Most anti-virus software has an option for creating a safe boot disk which can be used to clean-boot the computer and, perhaps, also scan for viruses. This safe boot disk should be recreated now and again if it allows for virus scanning. It's important that it contains the latest virus database.

Hard Disk Boot: Change your boot sequence so that the hard disk is the first boot disk instead of the floppy disk. It's really easy to leave a floppy disk in the drive and if that disk happens to be infected with a boot sector virus then the next time you start the computer the hard disk will become infected. If the floppy is not accessed, that infection won't take place. The boot sequence is changed in your BIOS setup information and can be switched back when you need to boot from a floppy disk

Don't Open Attachments: Be picky and stubborn: do not accept, run, or open any unsolicited attachments to E-mail. This may seem a bit extreme but in today's world where worms send themselves out via personal address books you can't really trust anything coming from anyone; even if you know them. you use, turn off the preview function. Most that preview formatted messages use IE components that have proven themselves less than secure.

Disable Scripting: Turn off the Windows Scripting Host if you don't need it. Scripts are just fancy macros that can apply across programs and are a major vehicle for worms. Show Extensions. Set all programs to show you the full file name, particularly E-mail programs. If your program drops the extension you don't really know if the attachment is executable or not.

Protect Floppies: Write-protect any floppy disk you place into another person's computer. If their computer is infected with a boot sector virus at least yours won't be.
Backup: Finally, but most importantly the data should be backed up.
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Postby dingetje » Wed May 13, 2009 4:49 am

Hmmm...good practices, but I suspect a simple plug here for your web site!

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