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Friday, April 29, 2011

How to keep your computer clean 3-5

3. If your PC is a public area (eg. your office or so), try to lock the session when leaving even for 5 minutes.
This will prevent another user to do anything bad to you computer (like infecting it with a virus without knowing it).
4. Try to keep up with the hot fixes. Update your software as soon as a new version is available.

This si appliable to your operating system, office software, antivirus, etc. From time to time (usually when an exploit is found on the software), a patch is released for the users. Installing it can save you of some trouble later. Search for updates on the vendor's site at least monthly.

5. Don't use the auto-login option provided by Windows if your computer can be accessed by others.
If you share a computer with others, try creating users for that station. (Go to Control Panel - Administrative Tools - Computer Management - Users). Don't leave any account with no password, since it's an invite for any hacker to easily mess it up.
If you are not using any remote administration (like Remote Desktop Connections), disable it by going in the Remote Tab of system's properties (right-click My Computer - Properties).

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