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The ABCs of Web Protection

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To kick off our new series, Protecting Your Cyberturf, our expert Theresa Payton teaches us the ABC's of online protection.  It's as easy as using an antivirus program, blocking bad links, and chatting carefully while online.  Theresa also defines for us the first Word of the Week which is "Podslurping".

Below are Theresa's web-exclusive hints and tips to staying Cyber-safe.

Links to games that teach online safety:

Test your cybersafety know-how by using these games, at home or at work, that teach about online safety.

From On Guard Online:

http://www.onguardonline.gov/games/overview.aspx

From Carnegie Mellon University:

http://cups.cs.cmu.edu/antiphishing_phil/new/index.html

Helpful hints for choosing antivirus software

There are many products from which to choose.  Our list below highlights just a few of what is available on the market.  If you see pop up ads warning that your PC is not protected, please ignore these ads.  We strongly urge you to go to the company website directly to purchase your product.  The following products are consistently found on anti-virus protection lists:

CyberDefender

AVG Virus

Kaspersky

McAfee

Norton-Symantec

Panda Labs

Trend Micro

Webroot

ZoneAlarm

Helpful hints for backing up files

Step 1:  Make a list of the type of files that you want to back up.

For example, if this is for your home, you may want to back up your insurance papers and pictures of your house contents separately for safekeeping.

Step 2:  If you have a lot of photos, graphics, and presentations, you may want to use an external hard drive to insure you have plenty of storage space.

Step 3:  Determine how often you want to back up your files. For home users, once a week or once a month may be sufficient.  If you have a business, daily or more frequently may be more appropriate.

Step 4:  You can choose different ways to back up your files.  Three of the most common ways to do so are: (1) manually to an external drive; (2) set up a program to perform the backup; (3) or use a subscription service.

Step 5:  Determine your back up routine.  Think about a work or home chore you do frequently and add doing a backup to that routine so you are more likely to remember to do it.  For example, when I pay bills or balance my general ledger for my business, I also back up my files.

If your PC runs any version of Microsoft Windows, you can refer to Microsoft's website for detailed instructions tailored to your PC operating system at:

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/data/backup/about.aspx

If you have a Mac, there are helpful back up hints and detailed instructions at:  http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2096

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