Tips for safely operating your computer

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Do and don'ts for safely operating your computer:

  • Never open e-mail messages from people you do not know.
  • Never open attachments in unexpected or strange messages.
  • Install security patches when they are available.
  • Turn on Automatic Updates so that you can learn of new security patches when they become available.
  • Regularly back up your important data.
  • Use secure Web browser settings.
  • Download files only from trusted and well-known sites.
  • Use alternate e-mail accounts for higher-risk activities like mailing lists and Web site registrations.
  • Password-protect and use your screen saver if you work where others have access to your computer.
  • Filter annoying and harmful e-mail with a spam filtering program.
  • Block worms and Trojan horses with a hardware or software firewall.
  • Block spyware and other potentially harmful software with a spyware filtering program.

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