Tech Tip: Computer Security

Computer tips to make your life easier.

Why not start the new year off right with a review of best practices for computer security?

On average, removal of malware, viruses, and spyware takes several hours. While these problems occasionally sneak in to a secure system, most infections are caused by vulnerabilities that computer users allow in their systems. Fortunately, you can save yourself some time, money, and a whole lot of headaches by simply changing a few habits and being aware of the risks.

First, it’s important to stop opening emails if you don’t know the sender or if the message is from a company that you didn’t approve to communicate with via email. Next, be skeptical of “free” spam blocker programs, as they are often riddled with spyware. If you are convinced a spam blocker is free and good, be sure to carefully read through the install process to prevent unwanted software from also installing. If you notice that something is trying to install that you don’t know the name, do a Google search for it. Finally, make sure you know the symbols for the common programs that update, such as Flash Player or Java. If you don’t see that logo on the update, cancel the process.

These are just a few security tips that can help protect you from unwanted security breaches on your computer. Remember, computer security is as much about using your head as it is about relying on virus scanners or spyware sweepers.

At Shell Point Retirement Community, residents benefit from on-site technology services to answer their questions about computers and electronics, as well as a computer teaching center and a resident computer center.