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Security Checklist

Here's a short list of all the things you should do to protect yourself. To learn more about an item, refer to the page listed at the top of its section.

From: Antivirus software
I have Antivirus software.
I scan my computer with Antivirus software at least once a week.
I update my Antivirus software on a regular basis.

From: Procedures to Follow
I update Windows (or other operating system) on a regular basis.
I update other pieces of software when I know updates are available.
I back up my files on a regular basis.
I never give out personal information through email.
For Internet commerce, I always type the address in the address bar.
I never accept free offers from pop-up advertisements.
I never install software from pop-up windows.
I read user agreements before installing software or signing up for a service.

From: Anti-Spyware/Adware
I have Anti-Spyware software.
I update my Anti-Spyware software on a regular basis.
I scan my computer with my Anti-Spyware software on a regular basis.

From: Email Attacks
I never open email attachments I don't recognize.
I am careful of who I give my email address to.
I treat all emails requesting personal information with suspicion.

From: Firewalls
I have a firewall.

From: Home Network
I have secured my wireless network by following my wireless equipment's instructions.

You can download a printable file here: list.rtf

Back to: Part 4: Protecting Your Home Network
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This page was designed as a project for LIS5362, Design and Production of Network Multimedia, a class at the Florida State University School of Information Studies. Copyright 2004, All Rights Reserved. Last Updated: Nov 2004.