Safe Computing

Definitions

From Sophos Threatsaurus

  • Virus – malicious code, meant to destroy, hijack, replicate
  • Spam – unsolicited email, like junk mail
  • Malware – general term, program that with bad intentions
  • Phishing – messages which try to trick you into sharing sensitive information.

Passwords

Simply: longer is better. Use a combination of upper & lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Use different passwords for different accounts.

Use a password manager such as LastPass.

What Can I Do

  • Resist clicking on links in emails; go to the site directly
  • Do keep your Windows/Mac OS up to date, set it for automatic updates
  • Do keep all your browser up to date. Use multiple browsers
  • Do install an antivirus and keep it up to date. Mac and smartphones too.
  • Do back up your files
  • Do use strong passwords; use different passwords for different sites/services; keep it private; use a password manager
  • Do protect your email address; have several email addresses
  • Do make sure your important sites eg. financial, medical, etc., use HTTPS; the browser.
  • Read the install screens

 

Get the Middlebury Antivirus: Sophos

This is available for free to the entre MIIS/Middlebury community.

http://go.miis.edu/antivirus

How to Minimize Spam

  • Protect your email address
  • Have several email accounts for several purposes
  • Don’t post or allow it to be posted on sites.
  • Consider an email alias for work

Useful Resources

10 Tips to Prevent Malware

http://lineshapespace.com/10-tips-on-how-to-prevent-malware-from-infecting-your-computer/

Safer Online Shopping

http://usa.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/internet-safety/online-shopping

Phishing.org

https://www.phishing.org/

Middlebury Information Security Education

http://moodle.middlebury.edu/course/view.php?id=174

How Computers Get Infected

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001045.htm

Password Managers

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407168,00.asp

Protect your phone

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2881182/9-ways-to-lock-down-your-iphone-or-android-device-before-it-goes-missing.html

Smartphone Tips

http://usa.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/internet-safety/smartphones

Are iPad/iPhones Safe

http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/iosapps/is-ipad-iphone-ios-safe-what-security-software-need-3453938/

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