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Hard drives erased...don't open this...delete this file...I love
you...worms, viruses--even the names sound like something you don't want
on your computer.
First, you must absolutely have a well-established virus
scanner (top choices are Norton and McAfee) installed on your computer
and setup to scan all incoming email messages to protect you from
legitimate viruses. Setup your virus scanner to get automatic updates to
the virus definition files. If you think that you will update these
files on our own, ask yourself when you last backed up your critical
The next time a well-meaning friend sends you yet another warning about
a message you shouldn't open, a file that you must erase, or a "true"
story from a reliable source, check it out first at any of these
Urban Legends and Folklore
A comprehensive library of Internet
hoaxes, email rumors, and urban legends including a Top 25 List.
urbanlegends.about.com/library/blhoax.htm - current netlore
Before you believe everything on the Internet, in an email, or
from a coffee break conversation, check out this site that sheds light
on top urban legends and rumors.
Another great resource with more focus on computer
virus myths, hoaxes, and virus hysteria.
The big list of Internet hoaxes.
Creating and using strong passwords is a critical piece to protecting
your computer, data, and security. Here are some sites that will help
you create and test the strength of your password:
From Microsoft--guidelines for creating strong, more secure online
Secure Online Passwords
Password Strength Meter
Score the complexity of a password with this tool from Microsoft's
Online Security site-follow the guidelines and try a
password similar but not the same as your own.
Microsoft Password Checker
This password strategy assigns a 1-6 character word, phrase or group of
characters to the result of a roll of 6 dice. Use multiple rolls to
build an unique combination. Download the software or
passphrase list to create your password.
More about Diceware
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Be prepared: keep spare AAA and AA
batteries in your laptop case for your travel alarm, wireless mouse,
presentation remote, and other electronics.
|USB = universal
serial bus, a standard port that makes it easy to connect multiple