Follow These Steps To Computer Security

My column in today’s Northwest Herald talks about the four steps you need to take to minimize computer security risks: a security software suite, a hardware firewall, strong and unique passwords, and a method for keeping your software updated.

Here are some recommendations on security software suites.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention Norton. While Norton is adequate, it doesn’t have the best detection rates, and it takes up a significant amount of memory especially on older computers. I wrote several years ago about the reasons why I started recommending alternatives to Norton. Although recent versions of Norton have fixed some of these issues, I still prefer the alternatives.

Here’s my guide to creating secure passwords:

Plus, an article on what to do if your account is hijacked.

I mentioned several utilities that can help you keep your software up to date. For Windows, try Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector. Two possibilities for Mac users are AppFresh and Mac Informer.

If you’re interested I have a number of upcoming seminars including Blogs For Business, Leveraging LinkedIn, Social Networking, Expanding Your Online Presence and more. You can find my upcoming events schedule on my web site, or watch examples of my previous seminars.

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