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Basic Internet Security

What can you do, then, to help secure your system when it’s exposed to threats? Let’s start with the basics. You need to take the following steps to secure your system when you’re connected to the Internet. We’ve already covered many of these steps, so this is just a reminder. Remember that these are the foundations of good security, and if you do not follow these, all your other security measures will lose effectiveness.

  • Secure your operating system to the best level it supports. To be truly securable, the OS must support user identities, security at the file-system level, and auditing of activities on the system.

  • Don’t run programs from unknown sources, including executing programs, scripts, or files containing macros.

  • Use an antivirus program and be sure it scans your system regularly.

  • Do not give out your password or logon information, and be careful with your personal information.

  • Know your risk, and be aware of the value of the data on your system to yourself and others.

  • Don’t assume out-of-the-box security is enough.

  • Turn on auditing if your operating system supports this option.


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