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October: CyberSecurity Awareness Month

Posted by Bob Zenith on October 5, 2010

According to StaySafeOnline.org, October is CyberSecurity Awareness Month. The first question that pops into my head is that why is it just for a month? CyberSecurity should be practiced every minute that you’re on the internet.

Here are some tips that you should already know about being safe and secure online:
* Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date: My recommendation, Avira (free), Symantec or NOD32 (paid)

* Use anti-malware software: My recommendation, MalwareBytes (offers both free and paid versions)

* Use a firewall: …Most anti-virus software comes with a firewall

* Use less common browsers: My recommendation, Firefox or Opera

* Use strong passwords: Learn how to make strong passwords. Don’t forget to change them regularly.

* Back-up your work: Regularly back-up important documents either on a portable storage system (USB drive), or a unused hard-drive.

* Encrypt your files: You can encrypt your files by using WinRAR

* Run your email client and your browser via a sandboxed environment: My recommendation, Sandboxie (free)

* Use security and privacy browser add-ons (for Firefox): My recommendations

* Never enter any PII (Personally Identifiable Information) online without seeing ‘HTTPS’

* Manage your hosts file: hpHosts

* Learn about threats and how to protect yourself! My recommendations: hpHosts IssViews, TeMerc Internet CounterMeasures, WOT: Web of Trust

Safe surfing, everyone!


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