computer securityComputer Security begins with superior computer security software (firewall and up-to-date anti virus software).

…Create a hard-to-guess personal password, and change it often (every 30 days is best).
…Never open an e-mail attachment unless you expect it, recognize the attachment name and document type.
…Avoid opening e-mail messages with confusing, misspelled or nonsensical subject lines.
…Configure the computer operating system for automatic updates.
…Turn the computer off when not using it.

If you have a virus —

…Immediately disconnect the computer from the network.
…Attempt to remove all viruses, worms and other malicious software found.
…After removing infections, reconnect computer to the network.
…Download all recommended operating system and application updates/fixes.

For awhile Mac wasn’t a target of viruses and spyware because its market share was so small that virus and spyware authors got little financial gain or publicity from infecting the Mac. But, that’s changed.

Did you just receive an attachment in email and you’re not sure who sent it, or what it is? Don’t open it. When visiting a web site, did you get a pop-up asking if it’s ok to install some software you’re not sure of because you’ve never heard of it? Don’t say “OK”. The rule is “If You’re Not Sure, Don’t Do It”. Not sure about some security warning you’ve been given? If you care about computer security, don’t ignore it.

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