Some Tips to Protect your Computer

Protection of the Mail Client: While Outlook is clearly the leader in this area, Thunderbird is also an option. You could also be one of those people who uses Gmail for everything. I assume you are security-minded so let’s assume cloud-based email is not for you. Anti-spam, antifishing, and anti-bad email options should all be part of your security suite. My personal opinion is that I don’t find anti-spam features in my security suites very useful. I use SpamAssassin on the mail server and SpamBayes for my mail client. My proxy server does filtering for me. Be sure to look at the functions and features built into your mail program, such as disabling images, viewing header details, and so on. There are many security-based extensions available for most mail clients, just like the browser options. Make sure to do your research and find out what is available. Please use SSL to connect to your mail server. Use cleartext, open-to-all mail services to protect your mail credentials and messages. Try Computer Repairs Windsor offers all sort of email configurations from Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook, Apple Mail and even your personal or custom company domain emails.

The topic of protecting IM and social media platforms: This topic is a bit more complicated because it covers so many topics. Being smart is key to avoiding 90% of the security problems. There are many encryption options available, both embedded and via third party tools, for a variety of IM chat clients. Your security suite can also provide scanning services to protect you from opening malicious links or clicking on files shared through these channels. Do your research, look into which IM services you use and which social media platforms. Next, determine which tools best suit your needs. This is how you can protect yourself from accidental information disclosure and malicious code (viruses or spyware, etc.). ).

Password Protection: We have an overwhelming number of passwords to remember these days (at most, you should have a lot if you’re doing security right). How do you manage all those passwords? You should add at least 8 characters (with upper and lowercase, numbers, special characters, etc.) to your passwords, especially if you want to be more complex. Or, you can create a passphrase that is longer and uses the same characters types. These passwords will likely be stored somewhere. It is not a good idea to add them to an Excel spreadsheet. Instead, you should look at using one of the many encryption password storage tools available. Password Safe is my favorite. These tools allow you to keep all your passwords in one place. They also have features such as copying and pasting (then clearing the cache), so that you can enter your credentials into applications or web pages. It takes just a few mouse clicks to access your passwords.

Encryption: While we have already covered full disk encryption, we also covered e-mail security. Now, I’d like to talk about encryption in terms e-mail and creating encrypted volumes. PGP is my preferred choice. PGP encryption is essential for secure communications. You have two options: you can either install the OpenPGP solution or buy the Symantec suite. This is an easy way to deal with USB storage devices using encrypted volumes. Instead of storing your data on the device directly, you can create an encrypted volume that you can mount or unmount according to your needs (using a passphrase and a key). I recommend combining these functions by removing your personal keys from your laptop and placing them on an encrypted volume protected by a passphrase. Your private key is the ‘key of the kingdom’ and must be kept safe from any loss or damage. There are many other ways to use encrypted volumes – for example, if you want to store sensitive data on a cloud server or another network-accessible storage device.