Beits Livneh from Click Computer Services offers the following computer tips.
Don't answer all emails.
If it seems fishy, it probably is. Your cousin or old high school friend getting stuck in Cyprus is probably spam. Chances are their account has been hacked and replying to a message like that will only increase your chances of being a victim as well.
NEVER use default passwords.
When you install new hardware (a router, a network drive or any other devices) is has built-in password, called the "default password." In fact- there are many websites that list all those default passwords for users who lose their manuals. Immediately after you set your new device, change those passwords to keep intruders out.
Don't use easy or repetitive passwords.
It's tempting to take the easy route and user simple passwords that are either too short, have no complexity to them, or are actual words that can be found in a dictionary or a list of kids names or names or cities around the world, etc... Hackers and malicious programs have no problem cracking those passwords. Using the same password for every account is a big mistake, too. Scammers have ways of utilizing that "forgot my password" feature to capture your email and password information… if it's same for every login you have, you could find yourself in trouble!
Beware your mobile devices
We download games, apps, emails and surf the internet on our phones and tablets. Those same phones and tablets that have access to your email account information (passwords too), which are all saved. Be cautious when using those devices to you check your bank account log in to Amazon to purchase something.
Don't ignore updates and patches
Be sure you're always up-to-date on patches and system updates. Your computer will notify you when new updates are available. They're typically important so don't ignore them!
To recap, keep your programs up to date (yes, Mac users have to worry too!), keep your passwords different, complex and secured, and don't trust anyone that's asking you to move $53,000,000,000 from Russia. You didn't win the UK lottery, and your friends' mother is not stuck in jail in Aruba with no password… surf smart, and stay protected.
Click Computer Services
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