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PC Security

Safeguard yourself on the internet

What are good browsing habits

The internet is one source where your computer becomes vulnerable to viruses and spyware. So it is not just enough if you have your anti-virus software installed on your system. To protect yourself while you are surfing the internet, it is a good idea to develop some good browsing habits. Here are some of the things you should do to safeguard your network and your computer:

  • Pay attention to what you download or run. Try to download material only from websites you feel can be trusted.
  • Don’t open e-mails from people you do not know.
  • Never open attachments in strange messages or formats from people you do not know.
  • Always log out of your e-mail programs instead of just closing your browser.
  • Clear your history files (like cookies, internet history and temporary files, etc.), logs and personal files
  • Remember to backup your files periodically.
  • Disable your internet connection whenever you do not need it.
  • Use a spam filtering system in your e-mail account to take care of any harmful e-mail that may come in.
  • Use a spyware filtering program to block spyware.
  • Create a separate e-mail account for operations prone to problems like mailing lists and registering on web sites. Get a separate email account for personal email.
  • Keep updating your system to the latest security patches introduced by Windows.
  • Password-protect your work especially when other people have access to your computer.
  • Enable firewalls to safeguard your system.
  • Use secure Web browser settings. In your Internet explorer go to Tools and click on Internet options. On the Security tab you can enable the level of security you desire.
  • Avoid using public computers for anything you need to type in your logins, they usually have Trojan horses that capture your passwords.

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How do I block sites with my route

Though the internet is your source of knowledge, there are many a times you wish you could block certain sites either for security reasons or to enforce parental controls and safeguard your kids. Not all routers have this option to block URLs. If you have one such router which allows you to block sites like the Linksys WRT54G or the SMC 7004VWBR routers, here’s how you can block the sites:

  • Open your browser and log into your router page. Read our segment on How to Log into your router page
  • Enter your password.
  • Go to the section on URL blocking. You will find it either in the Access restrictions or firewall option depending on your router make. Just scout around on your router page till you see the website blocking option.
  • URL Blocking in a Linksys router

    URL Blocking in a SMC router

  • Enter the URLs of the sites you want to block.
  • Save your settings.

The sites you specified will now be denied access.

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How do I enforce parental controls

To keep your kids safe online you need to enforce parental controls. Parental control tools allow you to block access to content you consider inappropriate for kids and permit access only to content approved as safe for kids. They also prove useful when it comes to monitoring your child's activity on the internet by letting you view the sites your child has accessed.

  Parental control tools allow you to specify and set different restrictions for different family members and also enforce time limits. These tools can also route your child's e-mail first to your account and also reject e-mails from specific e-mail addresses. They also allow your child to access only monitored chat rooms or even deny access to all chat rooms. Your ISP will help you find some parental control tools. Internet Explorer 6 helps you safeguard your family's browsing experience with Content Advisor, which can be used to control the Web sites that your kids can view. Here's how you can use it: 

  • In the Internet Explorer Tools menu, clickon Internet Options.
  • Select the Content tab, and click on the Enable button.
  • In the Content Advisor window you can go to the Approved sites tab and list the sites you would allow or wouldn’t allow your kids to view.
  • Click on the General tab, and then click on the Create Password button. 
  • In the Create Supervisor Password box, type the password you’d like to use.
  • In the Confirm Password box, re-type the same password. Internet Explorer makes you do this to rule out any typing errors.

Now that you have your password created you can control and supervise your child’s browsing and safeguard them from internet predators and exposure to content not suitable for them.

The content in this segment is provided for use as an information guide only. No legal liability or other responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of SupportMinds for any errors, omissions, or statements on these pages, or any site to which these pages may link. SupportMinds shall in no circumstances be liable for any loss of any kind whatsoever in consequence to the use of contents of this site. 

How do I secure my PC

The security of your PC is always under threat when you are hooked onto a network where more number of people have access to your computer. The internet also poses a certain amount of threat to your system. Here are a few pointers on how to increase the security of your PC:

  • Use a firewall to control what goes in and out from your computer.
  • Use complex, hard-to-guess passwords and change them regularly . D o not use the same password for everything.
  • Get a good antivirus program and keep it updated.
  • Clear your history files (like cookies, internet history and temporary files, etc.), logs and personal files.
  • Always log out of your e-mail programs instead of just closing your browser. Also in a network, if you are away from your desk, make sure you lock your system to avoid others accessing your programs.
  • Remember to backup your files periodically.
  • Use Adware and Spyware protection programs to safeguard your system.
  • Keep updating your system to the latest security patches introduced by Windows.
  • Remove unnecessary programs from your system.
  • Do not download files from an unknown source.
  • Use file-sharing sparingly. In a network if you need to share files then do so with a password and disable sharing when it is not needed.

The content in this segment is provided for use as an information guide only. No legal liability or other responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of SupportMinds for any errors, omissions, or statements on these pages, or any site to which these pages may link. SupportMinds shall in no circumstances be liable for any loss of any kind whatsoever in consequence to the use of contents of this site. 

How to get rid of Cookies in the Web Browser

Every time you surf the web, websites create cookies on your system to store you personal information. Your browser will store your cookies files on you local hard disk. Every time you visit the website, whose cookies are stored on your system, your personal information like your name, address etc., get sent to site. Cookies not only pose a security threat, but also take up space on your hard disk. You can get rid of cookies by changing your privacy settings of your browser.

  • Open your Internet Explorer browser page. Go to the Tools menu and click onInternet Options.
  • On the Privacy tab, under settings, you can decide on the privacy level you want by using the slider. For maximum privacy, to block out all cookies, push the slider to the Block All cookies point
  • Remember: Some websites require cookie files and you may have a problem accessing them if you are too strict with your privacy policy. So set your slider at the High or Medium setting. This will block most cookies especially from advertisers. You will also be notified before your personal information is stored by any cookie.
  • After having selected your settings as High or Medium, Click on OK to activate your new privacy policy.
  • Clearing your temporary internet files will get rid of most of the cookies that are already on your system. But for those stubborn ones,

  • In your Internet Options page, on the General tab, under Temporary Internet files, click on the Delete cookies button.

You can now be rid of those pesky Cookies.

  The content in this segment is provided for use as an information guide only. No legal liability or other responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of SupportMinds for any errors, omissions, or statements on these pages, or any site to which these pages may link. SupportMinds shall in no circumstances be liable for any loss of any kind whatsoever in consequence to the use of contents of this site.

How to make your Internet Connection more secure

Every time you go online, your internet connection gets exposed to security threats from hackers. It becomes mandatory for you to load up as much ammunition as you need to safeguard yourself. To ensure your security on the World Wide Web, there are several firewalls available. Your Windows also offers one such firewall to secure your internet connection.  

  • Click on Start, go to Connect to and select Show all Connections.
  • In the Network Connections window, right-click on the connection, you want to secure and select Properties.
  • To turn on the firewall, in the window, enable the Protect my computer and network by limiting or preventing access to this computer from the Internet checkbox.
  • Click on OK to save your settings and secure your new connection with the firewall.
  • Your new internet connection icon will now indicate the presence of the firewall.

You can connect to the internet as usual, but rest assured your connection is more secure now.

  The content in this segment is provided for use as an information guide only. No legal liability or other responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of SupportMinds for any errors, omissions, or statements on these pages, or any site to which these pages may link. SupportMinds shall in no circumstances be liable for any loss of any kind whatsoever in consequence to the use of contents of this site.