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20 tips for increasing computer security and data privacy

1. Make sure the firewalls on both your router and your computer are turned on.
2. Buy, install and configure a high-security firewall router (ie: sonicwall).
3. Use or enable two-factor email authentication.
4. Have both anti-virus and anti-malware installed, update and scan regularly.
5. Perform regular updates and upgrades to your operating system software.
6. Put all your passwords in a word or excel file and enable file-password protection.
7. Exchange (mapi) mailboxes are generally more secure than pop or imap mailboxes.
8. Business class email accounts can offer more security than free email boxes.
9. Use a random password generator to increase password security.
10. Create a new email address with an encrypted email service (ie: hushmail).
11. Enable data encryption on your hard drive or on specific data folders.
12. Don’t click on embedded links in emails.
13. Type the name of websites explicitly in the browser’s address bar.
14. Your browser bar should identify secure websites with the preceding (https://)
15. Only download files, installers, updaters from official manufacturer websites.
16. Use a privacy filter (screen protector) on your desktop, laptop, phone, pad.
17. Don’t use wireless networks that are password-free or that you aren’t registered on.
18. Implement multiple automatic datafile backup strategies (local, network, cloud).
19. Password protect all user accounts on your computer.
20. Use a remote control app to locate or erase a lost or stolen computer (ie: lojack)
If this list was helpful, share like or forward. Stay tuned for more lists in the coming weeks.

PAUL