Everytime I go over to friends or family to fix some kind of "computer problem" that they experience, I start telling the same tips 'n tricks over and over again about how to avoid spyware, how to keep your PC as tidy as possible, how to clean up your internet history, etc. Ofcourse many of them appreciate those tips but as soon as I'm gone, they forgot at least half of it.
This morning I ran into this article on wired.com in which a list of security tips, tricks and apps are mentioned. Let me give a short summary of some nice items in that list here.
- Get a Firewall, Learn How to Use It
- Install anti-spyware software
- Turn on automatic updates in Windows XP
- Secure your Wireless AP
- Remove as many programs as possible
- Tweak your PC's security, then back up the disk image
Just to name a few... I think this list can be very helpful, even for somewhat more experienced PC-users. Click this link to get the full list and read about the underlying thoughts and howto's. I have bookmarked it and will print it out as soon as I have another "PC-fix-appointment"... :)