Home Computer Maintenance

1) Use power strips with surge protectors, both for power and for telephone line
2) Update your operating system to get the latest patches!
3) Do backups -- back up information that is precious to you!
4) Use Anti-virus software and keep it updated! Also: use private codes; and wait a few days before opening something that you want but aren't sure about, to give antivirus providers a chance to catch up. NOTE: If it looks like a virus and smells like a virus, it probably is a virus
5) Hoaxes -- check on-line in public section of most anti-virus sites
6) Know how to re-build your computer.
7) Re-boot periodically.
8) When you cycle power on a computer, wait at least ten seconds before turning it back on.
9) Spam filters (and DON'T buy from spam), personal firewalls, etc. And...
* Use a reputable spam zapper
* Avoid posting your email address on Internet chat sites
* Don't respond to spam email or chain letters
* "Munge" your email accress (e.g. Change pat-doe@__to pat_nospam_doe@__) Friends will know to take the "nospam" out but automatically generated email won't.
* Create an email address to use for on-line registration or other activities that might generate spam
* Don't sign up for advertisements that look too good to be true (on-line lotteries, ...)
* Only put your email address on a Web page if it absolutely needs to be there
* Don't join "directories" -- and ask people to whom you give your email to keep it private

If it looks too good to be true, it probably is!