Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

7 Practices for Computer and Internet Security

Folks, computer security and Internet safety are themes here. Why? Because we are in the midst of the largest transfer of wealth by theft in our history, thanks to the most under-reported threat to our way of life ever — cybercrime (losses are measured in billions [some say trillions] per year, and the victims [you and I] in the thousands each and every day).

Sadly – installing an “Internet Security Suite” is only one of the things a computer owner should do. We must also exercise a certain “paranoid common sense”, and educate ourselves. Who has time for that? Well, unless you want to be a victim, I suggest you make time. Surely you have the 10 minutes it takes to click the seven links I have provided (in the right hand column). Each is a very short “basic lesson” provided – free – by experts.


7 Practices for Computer Security

  1.  Protect your personal information. It’s valuable.
  2.  Know who you’re dealing with.
  3.  Use security software that updates automatically.
  4.  Keep your operating system and Web browser up-to-date, and learn about their security features.
  5.  Keep your passwords safe, secure, and strong.
  6.  Back up important files.
  7.  Learn what to do in an e-mergency.

I would also ask you to bookmark this page, and when time allows, returning and learn even more by clicking links in the left-hand column.

Be a hero, and send this article to your less-savvy friends and loved ones.

This information is not just for Geeks and computer nerds. If you get on the Internet at all (even, “just to check email”) you need to be aware of this stuff. (Or be very, very sorry. Your choice.)

… Even more sadly: I suspect this posting is going to set a personal record for lack of reads.. (You can lead a horse to water..)

Today’s quotable quote:Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  ~ Anaïs Nin

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June 20, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, cyber crime, Internet, Internet scam, security | , , ,


  1. Paul,

    Love it!! This article should (must, in fact) set a new high record for reads. It seems to me that you’re pretty good at “dragging that horse to water”.

    Keep it up!



    Comment by Bill Mullins | June 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Bill Mullins,
      I very much appreciate your words of support. As you are aware, I have been posting my (hopefully helpful) articles for 4 years (I didn’t announce T4E’s recent birthday). In that time, I have come to learn that – with this subject matter – I seem to either be preaching to the choir, or utterly wasting my energy (deaf ears).

      Since this article went up (eight hours ago), according to my statistic supplied by WordPress, there have been 6 (count ’em, six!!!) clicks on the links provided, and my “page visits” are down by 30% for this time of day.
      That could be discouraging..
      .. to some people.

      I have concluded that “user education” is/has been an abyssal, catastrophic failure. But the subject is simply too important to just give up on. If there are 6 people more aware today than there was yesterday, then I am “fighting the good fight”. (So I tell myself.) Though, some yahoo, hype-filled drooling over the latest app for iPhones would gain me lotsa eyeballs.

      Folks, if you are not familiar with Bill Mullins, he writes a series which is not only Top Notch (and was the first website I listed in my Blogroll) but should IMHO be “required reading” for anyone using the Internet these days. His site is where you want to go to learn about Internet Safety, and stay abreast of the latest trends.

      If you have not done so, or done so recently, please visit Tech Thoughts, won’t you? (find out why I call him the “hardest working man in the tech blog business”..)


      Comment by techpaul | June 20, 2011 | Reply

      • Paul,

        You are indeed – fighting the good fight. And, I know the frustration you feel. In fact, I share that frustration.

        Just yesterday, for example, I ran into an old friend who’s having trouble connecting to the Internet (a machine loaded with malware as it turns out). In any event, I described just some (and, I mean just some), of the typical dangers he and his family should be aware of, and each one I described, was met with an “I didn’t know that”.

        You would think that after all these years, I’d have gotten used to “I didn’t know that” – but, I haven’t. It’s just as disconcerting to hear, as ever.

        All we can do, you and I, Rick, Paul L., Steve, and others we know, is keep the faith – and continuing pounding away. In the end, you’re right – “If there are 6 people more aware today than there was yesterday, then I am “fighting the good fight”.

        Off topic a bit – I recently paid a visit to every site on Rick’s Blogroll, I wasn’t terribly surprised to see that the majority have either stopped posting, or do so very infrequently. Blogging can be a painful lonely journey, often with little or no reward. Your 4 year undertaking, in which you have posted an article EVERY DAY, is an example of dedication to the common good which is to be strongly admired. In my eyes, you are a ONE PERCENTER – one of the best of the best.



        Comment by Bill Mullins | June 20, 2011 | Reply

        • Bill,
          I guess that means I will continue reminding folks the importance of strong passphrases (using !,@,#,$,%,^,&,*,(,),[,], etc.) … and good news! There’s been 5 more clicks.

          Again, I thank you for the kind words of support. You really did give my “blogger’s batteries” a charge.


          Comment by techpaul | June 20, 2011 | Reply

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