Human infected with computer virus, turn off those tech gadgets and all things security.
- All things secure
• BIOS Password / Hard disk password
• Laptop locks
Lock down Operating System
• Create yourself and other members of your family with normal user accounts, not admin accounts. Have one Admin account where you can install software, etc. Limit the user accounts as much as possible
◦ The standard account can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect everyone who uses the computer, such as deleting files that are required for the computer to work. We recommend creating a standard account for each user. When you are logged on to Windows with a standard account, you can do almost anything that you can do with an administrator account, but if you want to do something that affects other users of the computer, such as installing software or changing security settings, Windows might ask you to provide a password for an administrator account.
◦ You can use Parental Controls to help manage how your children use the computer. For example, you can set limits on your children’s access to the web, the hours that they can log on to the computer, and which games they can play and programs they can run. When Parental Controls blocks access to a webpage or game, a notification is displayed that the webpage or program has been blocked. Your child can click a link in the notification to request permission for access to that webpage or program. You can allow access by entering your account information.
▪ Web restrictions. You can restrict the websites that children can visit, make sure children only visit age-appropriate websites, indicate whether you want to allow file downloads, and set up which content you want the content filters to block and allow. You can also block or allow specific websites. For more information, see Limit the content that children can view on the web.
▪ Time limits. You can set time limits to control when children are allowed to log on to the computer. Time limits prevent children from logging on during the specified hours and, if they are already logged on, they will be automatically logged off. You can set different logon hours for every day of the week. For more information, see Control when children can use the computer.
▪ Games. You can control access to games, choose an age rating level, choose the types of content you want to block, and decide whether you want to allow or block unrated or specific games. For more information, see Specify which games children can play.
▪ Allow or block specific programs. You can prevent children from running programs that you don’t want them to run. For more information, see Prevent children from using specific programs.
▪ Family Safety:
▪ OpenDNS – www.opendns.com
Encrypt your Hard Disk / USB Keys
What is encryption? In cryptography, encryption is the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key.
• Encryption Software
▪ Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux
▪ Main Features:
• Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
• Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
• Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).
• Encryption is automatic, real-time (on-the-fly) and transparent.
◦ Microsoft Windows EFS
▪ Some key features of EFS:
▪ Encrypting is simple; just select a check box in the file or folder’s properties to turn it on.
▪ You have control over who can read the files.
▪ Files are encrypted when you close them, but are automatically ready to use when you open them.
▪ If you change your mind about encrypting a file, clear the check box in the file’s properties.
Note EFS is not fully supported on Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, and Windows 7 Home Premium. For those editions of Windows, if you have the encryption key or certificate, you can do the following:
▪ Decrypt files by running Cipher.exe in the Command Prompt window (advanced users)
▪ Modify an encrypted file
▪ Copy an encrypted file as decrypted to a hard disk on your computer
▪ Import EFS certificates and keys
▪ Back up EFS certificates and keys by running Cipher.exe in the Command Prompt window (advanced users)
• Use another browser besides IE
• Router/Firewall – WAN Network security
• Local Firewall – Block outgoing and incoming traffic on your local network
• windows firewall
• comodo security
Spyware removal tools / system cleaning tools
• malware bytes
• Security Essentials
• MS Security Essentials
Operating System Updates /software
Always perform Operating System updates!