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General Information: Internet Security
Today's high-speed, "always on" connections are great for speed and convenience, but they do result in an increased security risk.

Think that you don't have to worry, since you either have just a dial up account, or don't keep important information on your computer? Think again! You can get a virus as easily over a dial up connection as a high-speed connection. Even if you don't have any "important" information on your PC, it can be taken over and used as an attack point for other computers.

Luckily, taking some common sense precautions can do a lot to make you less vulnerable to attacks and viruses.

  1. Use a good anti-virus program. Click here for a list.
    • Run the program daily.
    • Check all floppies, CD's and any other media you get before using them.
    • Check for updated anti-virus definitions at least weekly, or more often if you hear of a new virus going around.


  2. E-mail.
    • Do not open attachments unless you are sure whom they are from, and that they are not infected.
    • Make sure your anti-virus program checks your e-mail.
    • Do not open EXE, BAT, VBS and SCR type attachments.
    • If in doubt, delete the e-mail without opening it.
    • Use Inspector SPAM to help keep unwanted e-mails from ever getting to you.


  3. Keep your Operating System and Browser up to date.
    • Some viruses and system attacks take advantage of known security flaws in either the OS or Browser. Keeping your OS and Browser up to date will help keep these holes closed.
    • Windows Update will automatically detect new updates and allow you to load them.


  4. Back up your system regularly.

  5. Use effective passwords.
    • Use a mixture of random letters and numbers.
    • Make sure it is at least 6 digits long
    • DO NOT use a family name, SSN or date of birth. These are easy for others to guess.


  6. Be suspicious.
    • If an offer seems too good to be true, it may be bogus.
    • Be wary of free software or programs. Find out why it is being offered for free.
    • Never let any software keep your passwords for you. This includes Windows and Internet Explorer.
Here are some other good sites about Internet Security

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