Getting Comfortable With The Basics


Microsoft Security Essentials provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date.

Microsoft Safety Scanner – Do you think your PC has a virus?

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is a free downloadable security tool that provides on-demand scanning and helps remove viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It works with your existing antivirus software.

Note: The Microsoft Safety Scanner expires 10 days after being downloaded. To rerun a scan with the latest anti-malware definitions, download and run the Microsoft Safety Scanner again.

The Microsoft Safety Scanner is not a replacement for using an antivirus software program that provides ongoing protection.

For real-time protection that helps to guard your home or small business PCs against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, download Microsoft Security Essentials.

Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool checks computers running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server 2003 for infections by specific, prevalent malicious software.

Gmail 2-step verification – Using 2-step verification will help prevent strangers from accessing your account with just a stolen password. When you sign in with 2-step verification, you'll verify your identity using both a password and a code that you receive on your phone.  
2-step verification how it works

Tech Safety Tips for Seniors by

Use this guide if you or a loved one is a senior and needs tech safety tips about computers, smartphones, emails, protecting private information and more!

When it comes to technology, it’s good to be cautious, but it’s better to be educated. If you’re a senior looking to become more…

GlassWire displays your network activity on an easy to understand graph while searching for unusual Internet behavior that could indicate malware or violations of your privacy. Once unusual network activity is discovered you're instantly alerted with detailed information so you can protect your computer, privacy, and data.

Malwarebytes is a site dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer.

Get Safe Online: – Use Webmail wisely

Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux. TrueCrypt is software for establishing and maintaining an on-the-fly-encrypted volume.

Before giving away or disposing of an old PC wipe the drive. Reformatting the drive usually does not erase the data on it. Bits of personal information can still reside on the drive. Using a utility program to thoroughly wipe the drive is a good idea if you want to make sure your personal data stays personal, no matter who ends up with the computer. Darik’s Nuke and Boot are free utility programs that erase your information. When you give the machine away, passing along the recovery discs, manuals and original CDs for any other programs on the computer will help your friend.

In a hotel, RV park… Wi-Fi or ethernet, you’re on a shared network. So anyone can see what you’re doing. Anytime you’re using a public access point, it’s unsecured by nature. The only real way to secure yourself is by using a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. This establishes an “encrypted tunnel” and keeps it invisible to the outside world. Check out HotspotVPN.

 UnPlug n’ Pray empowers all Windows users with the means to shut down the dangerous and unnecessary UPnP Internet server running in their machines.

Secure your home wireless network

A NAT Router’s Inherent Security – Although NAT routers are not generally purchased for their security benefits, all NAT routers inherently function as very effective hardware firewalls. As a hardware firewall they prevent “unsolicited”, unexpected, unwanted, and potentially annoying or dangerous traffic from the public Internet from passing through the router and entering the user’s private LAN network.

Software firewalls can cause connectivity issues that are difficult to diagnose. I do not recommend the McAfee or Norton products – I’ve found they’re more likely to cause problems than most. A broadband router is more than adequate protection for most users, and is much less likely to cause problems. The SP2 built in firewall is all you need. It provides outgoing firewall protection.
Question? I have a Linksys Etherfast 4-Port Router that has built-in NAT firewall. I have a standalone computer with DSL connection. Will the built-in NAT-Firewall provide me with good protection.
Answer: Believe it or not any NAT router (and that includes virtually all broadband routers sold today) is a stateful inspection router. That’s what NAT does: it looks at incoming packets and discards those that weren’t requested. Even if it doesn’t say it on the box, your broadband router is a high quality stateful inspection firewall.


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