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Wednesday, July 2nd 2008 @ 4:01 AM    post viewed 1211 times

9 Relatively Quick & Easy Things To Make Your Computer Secure 

1. Firstly you can't make a silk purse out of a sours ear, so avoid buying a 'craputer' if you
can http://www.cexx.org/craputer.htm

2. Secondly, Read this article http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/securing_browser/browser_security.html on properly securing your web browser. This guide provides information on securing Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and others.

3. Patch (download updates) for all your software. To see what software is not up-to-date on your computer, download the Secunia Software Inspector from https://psi.secunia.com/ or alternatively scan your computer with their online version located here http://secunia.com/software_inspector/

4. Make sure you have a Firewall installed on your system, I've found that  the free version of Zonealarm works very well and that is located here http://www.zonealarm.com/store/content/catalog/products/zonealarm_free_firewall.jsp

5. To keep all your important files encrypted Download Trucrypt
http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads.php It has a feature that allows you to create a hidden partition. I find it very useful and it's also peace of mind. The program can also be downloaded at Download.com at this location http://www.download.com/TrueCrypt/3000-2092_4-10527243.html

6. CCleaner (stands for crap cleaner) Cleans your computer of old files, cookies URL
history etc, its very good and fast too which saves time. Download here
http://www.download.com/CCleaner/3000-2144_4-10315544.html

7. Password Safe is a password database utility. Users can keep their passwords
securely encrypted on their computers. A single Safe Combination unlocks them all. It's
very easy to use and very effective. All your passwords are stored in one place just
make sure that you choose a good password to hide them all behind, I'd recommend
not a password but a pass phrase e.g. lyrics from a song with lower case letters added at random and also use numbers etc. Password Safe can be downloaded from this location: passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/    

I'd also recommend reading Bruce Schneier's spiel on Choosing Secure Passwords
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/01/choosing_secure.html 

8. Be sure to run a Defrag on the hard drive early and often, I do it about twice per week.

9. Subscribe to RSS Feed from Michael Horowitz's Blog entitled 'Defensive Computing'
http://news.cnet.com/defensive-computing/  If you use windows XP or earlier versions
I'd definitely recommend reading his article entitled "Every Windows XP user should drop their rights". located here http://news.cnet.com/8301-13554_3-9756656-33.html 

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Dave Smith
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fatherdave said on Saturday, July 5th 2008 @ 10:37 PM:

Great stuff, mate Smile

To help things along, I've uploaded both a password minder and a password generator to the 'file sharing' section.

I don't know if my  password database has all the bells and whistles of the one you mention, but it's simple and secure, and it's free. Smile

Dave

ALF1 said on Thursday, September 4th 2008 @ 12:44 AM:

Dave Wrote: "it's simple and secure, and it's free."

The Holy Trinity of everything that's good online Wink