We are all potential victims of internet attacks. The tips below are not a definitive guide to completely avoiding attacks but they will at least help mitigate the attacks. You definitely should NOT try to create a scene or provoke any potential attackers. Try to at least:

  • Use an Anti-virus – an AV can only detect about 35% of all baddies out there. Despite this depressing statistic, you should still use one and keep it up to date. Just don’t use a lookalike program that’s actually harmful. It’s just another layer of security. This goes for both Windows and Mac. Yes, Macs can get viruses! Furthermore, the Trojan.Flashback virus isn’t the only baddie for Macs! As Macs become more prevalent, the gap between Windows and Mac attacks will narrow.
  • Enable automatic updatesWindows users: The built in windows update system will notify you when updates are available. Today you can set the updates to automatically install. Mac users: Apple automatically sends system updates through. It is safe to accept these more often than not.
  • Enable a firewall – most operating systems on computers and routers have firewalls built in. You can also supplement or replace the firewall with a 3rd party firewall.
  • Change the defaults settings on your wireless router – take a look at the General Wireless Setup Guide.
  • Use more complex passwords – Do not use simple passwords or any public information that is easily identifiable to you. Use letters, numbers, and special characters. Never write your password down. Make sure you can either memorize it or place it in an encrypted password manager. Be sure to change your passwords every 6 to 2 months.

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