Tuesday, February 26, 2008

10 Ways to Protect Your PC

Here are 10 simple ways to protect and secure your data.

#10. Backup - hard disk fail, laptops are stolen, bad things happen. Never trust your computer, thumb-drive, or external hard disk. Data should be in two places at all times.

#9. Use Antivirus Software, and Keep it Updated - I recommend avast antivirus.

#8. Use Spyware Scanner, and Keep it Updated - I recommend Microsoft defender.

#7. Enable Windows firewall or use a third-party firewall - At the very least use the windows firewall or use Zonealarm.

#6. Install Updates and Patches - Enable automatic updates and don't forget to install optional updates and driver software.

#5. Protect User Accounts - Make sure all accounts are password protected and disable guest accounts.

#4. Keep all software up-to-date - Periodically update all non-ms software such as adobe, firefox, nero, or java.

#3. Use strong passwords - Passwords should be longer than 5 characters, contain capitals, lower-case letters, and numbers.

#2. Disable file and printer sharing - especially on public networks.

#1. Protect documents - Use encryption and or passwords to protect word docs, spreadsheets, databases, or pdf documents.

Posted by:
Josh Nicholes
www.joshnicholes.com

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Stop or I'll call the internet cops!

Does anyone else think that it is bogus that AT&T, Comcast, and some other ISPs have agreed to play internet cop and filter out torrent traffic and file sharing content they believe to be copyrighted material? First of all how do they know what traffic constitutes copyright infringment? Have they forgotten that there are ligitment uses for torrents and other types of file sharing? I am concerned that this is the first step in regulating the internet. I do not advicate piracy however this is not what I want from my ISP. They are a 'service provider' which means I want fast, reliable,uncensored internet. Let me worry about what I download. I also see that the torrents have developed a type of encryotion to beat this filtering. All I can say to that is... GOOD. The internet is supposed to be publicly accessible, unfiltered, and remain in the public domain. Tell your ISP to stop filtering traffic and spying on your net usage and mind their own business.

Posted by:
Josh Nicholes
www.joshnicholes.com