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Technology Assistance

General Technology

Computer Common Sense Dos and Don'ts

DO:

  • Create hard to guess passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters like # or ! or *
  • Change passwords at least once every six months.
  • Keep passwords and other critical data stored somewhere secure, like an external hard drive that isn't connected to the internet, or highly-rated and secure password storage apps.
  • Install some kind of anti-virus software on your computer. There are many free ones that are good, like Avast, AVG, and Malwarebytes
  • Install updates to your computer promptly. Sometimes these updates fix critical security issues.
  • Be suspicious of email senders you don't know, especially if the email with attachments.
  • Get help at once if you think your computer might be infected--the longer you wait, the worse the problems could get.

DON'T:

  • Open attachments or click on links in email from senders you don't know
  • Give out personal information online to someone you don't know or trust
  • Use public wi-fi for financial transactions
  • Download files or install programs from sources you don't know or trust
  • Give out personal/financial information if a site's web address doesn't start with "https://" instead of "http://."

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