Safe Windows 7/8
My recommendations for basic safe start-up/set-up procedures to perform online work safely, for users of Windows 7/8 are going to be listed below. For one thing you should set up your security settings as recommended by a good Microsoft book which would include all Windows settings recommended as- well-as safe browser setting such as Internet explorer, or possibly Google Chrome which are my browser recommendations. Make sure you know where you download Chrome from just like any other download. You should also know how to safely use Chrome and IE with their recommendations.
Outside of those browsers I recommend please check your internet provider, for the local recommendations. That is important do to the fact that some work better in localities than some others. After your security settings are in place you can place your firewall/anti-malware programs into your computer! If your internet provider does offer that service than you can perform internet searches if they are recommended. Please don’t download anti-malware programs from Skype or mail.com etc…
*After your security settings are in place with recommended anti-malware which works/updates etc. then you add a user account/guest account which is simple to do if you have your Windows book. You should then check all your settings again before installing programs, for document making or saving passwords encryption etc. You should have your administrator account password protected with a password retrieval file which can be saved on a memory stick. Keep on a document all passwords, and online account resets which you update every time you make a change. You can then log into your online accounts easily by copying information from the document into your log in details, and please save the old passwords as well in case it is necessary for difficult password retrieval later. Corel has good password protection for your Corel documents or Office documents. You can safely send the document over the internet with opening instructions sent to the end viewer.*
When you download new anti-malware programs after completing recommended Windows security settings (from a Microsoft approved book) you may become a victim of third-party e-mail filtering which means you share your internet, or even your personal/private info with unknown, or known others. This is one hack method of blackmail groups that could be labelled extremists! Try to avoid using cell phones tablets, or smart phone technology which would incorporate SIM card technology! Especially if you update your twitter account or Linked-in profile from your smart phone! A different password for every account is not hard to manage if you use the safe account password method mentioned above. You can log into multiple accounts easily using separate tabs with the copy paste method from your saved document. If prompted for any downloads (recommended) you will most likely need to authorize unwanted changes to your computer. If you can’t recognize the publisher name in the download then scan the downloadable file before opening.
Books to set your windows computer up with everything you wish to read can usually be borrowed through your public library! I read a lot of books on the topics of computers or blogging/politics etc. regularly. It is exciting to get deeply involved in cyber security topics if you are a large or small online personality. My research started mostly because of the fact of having some security, and political credentials. My psychic work wasn’t the main topic often because I trusted my clients.
*Microsoft recommendation for products set-up on your computer using product keys* download product from the manufacturer’s server then use the product key. If the product key was purchased retail then don’t use OEM download option pick retail. You should then have a clean product on your computer! You should even run scans on software purchased at significant retail distributors before downloading. In a scan of software you shouldn’t find cookies and if you do phone the manufacturer for instructions on how to deal with this issue!
If you wish to check out more about where your information is you can look up the website information a bit more in-depth by copying the web site information from your address bar, or search bar and then paste into site information sites such as website. Informer…
If children use your computer and you wish for them to stay safe online even if they are up to 17 years old then there are some recommendations. Open a user account for them which they use *plus save browsing history somehow onto a document* in case of harmful new friends gossip etc… once-in-a-while you should use your account to go onto a bad site where you can view harmful content which could either harm your computer, or be bad content! After doing some scary browsing then run recommended scans on your computer from your anti-malware provider as-well-as Microsoft as possible to know if other users are safe on there.
I have a few plans on how to Ad-Vise on these topics, or bring them into media responsibly. At this moment there is a great deal of work being performed on Cyber security in North America. Retailers as well as providers of online recreation could come in the spotlight do the fact of such things as gaming forums, or possibly unregistered users, or there may be an upcoming media event where your computer is registered if you’re Canadian such as matching your online profile. Your computer use may have to match account names, product keys, downloads, links, forum member names, IP address etc…
My recommendation for Canadians worried about hacking before you fall into that problem is to search using your own computer every possible detail on Conduit without downloading anything. After seeing all possible content on that fake browser, or browser add-on, search tool etc. then make sure you never visit any connected site. Report any activity that seems relevant to that name or individual sites which may connect to that or mail.com
My last recommendation is that if you use your internet provider’s malware program then also saves your modem log-in information on your browser favourites so that you can see any fake add-on computers or accessories such as drives!
Good luck with safe computer use and please remember to save a system image of your computer on a disc memory stick or other-wise to facilitate system recovery the way you wish rather than just picking a system restores date!
Jacob OM 12