Tag: Security Awareness
Vacations, gifts, candles, shopping. It is easy to get lost in the hustle of the holidays. Take a few extra steps so that you can keep your holiday season full of good will and cheer!
Secure those Christmas Gifts! – Whether it is a laptop, computer, tablet, or smart phone, it is so exciting to open and play with a new toy! Take the time to download all required updates for the device. Download and install anti-virus software. For smartphones, make sure to add a password and install additional security software on your phone. Do not get on the Internet until you have sufficiently secured your new device.
Take Care in a Crowd – The holiday season can be crowded and busy leaving you vulnerable to theft. Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime … Read More »
Get your computer protected!
Install some sort of anti-virus or anti-spyware application. Some anti-virus software can also help you navigate the web and let you know if a website can be trusted.
Stay current with operating and application updates. See this post.
Have a firewall installed. Windows comes with a free firewall. Enable it.
Anti-Virus software labeled ‘Internet Security’ usually comes with a firewall. Consider buying that type of Anti-Virus solution if you don’t have a firewall.
Keep your Passwords Strong
We are past the days of having the password ‘password123.’ If you want to protect your online accounts, you need a STRONG password.
What is a strong password?
8 to 14 characters, upper and lower case letters and numbers, AND a special character. WHAT?! How would I ever remember that? Using a Passphrase helps. A passphrase is where you substitute numbers or special characters for a letter. … Read More »
My mom read through my handout for BYU Women’s conference. I had to edit my previous post to make it a little easier to understand. ENJOY!
What is an Operating System? Think of the Operating system as the different systems in your house: Electrical System and Plumbing. They all provide services to all of the rooms in your house (kitchen, bedrooms, living room)
Example Operating Systems that you may be familiar with:
Windows (Bill Gates): XP, Vista, Windows 7
Apple (Steve Jobs) Mac OS – Lion, Snow Leapord, etc
What is an Application? – An application interacts directly with the user and performs a function or purpose. Just like the analogy above, as a homeowner, I interact directly with the various rooms in my house. The rooms are different; each has a different purpose just like applications. I benefit from the electrical, plumbing systems, but … Read More »
Well, it’s been a few years since I visited this topic. We have seen a rise in trojans (malware that hide in the computer to capture information) that have led to Identity theft, fraudulent wire transfers. (Are you Scared yet?!)
The MAC computer is no longer ‘immune’ to these viruses as we saw that over 50 million macs were infected a few weeks ago. This isn’t about just saving your computer or piece of technology. It is about PROTECTING YOUR INFORMATION!!
As a mom, I have come to accept the fact that my kids will get a cold almost 3 times a year. Believe it or not, my kids like to play with other kids. My kids like to go to parks, and even indoor play gyms. Even though these activities increase the chances of getting a cold, I don’t want … Read More »
This is part one in my “Top Ten ways to protect your kids on the Internet.” I will be hosting a booth at BYU Women’s Conference. I think I will have this countdown as my main topic.
1. Online Rule of Agreement – This agreement is to promote a discussion of what is allowed and not allowed. Your child is exposed to so much and in so many different ways (home computer, school, cell phones, friends’ cell phones, etc.). It is not realistic to think that all of those devices have been secured. Discuss what types of sites are allowed and what is not allowed. Discuss what your child can and cannot do on the Internet no matter what. Use this agreement as a way to safeguard your child when they are accessing the Internet on computers or devices that … Read More »