Google Issues Computer Security and Virus Protection Tips

  Anyone can be the victim of a virus, malware, identity theft, and spyware.
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Google has recently issued the following helpful recommendations to try and help protect their users:
Protect Yourself and Your Private Information!!
  • • Scan your computer regularly for viruses and malware. Keep your anti-virus software updated. Remove any threats identified by your anti-virus or anti-spyware program immediately.
  • • Protect yourself by changing your password often and keep it private. Google recommends changing your password at least two times per year, and provides recommendations for choosing a password that contains both capital and lower-case letters, numbers, and letters.
  • • Monitor the activity in your email account. Check the most recent activity each time you log in for unusual activity and check the most recent IP addresses accessing the account as well.
  • • To protect yourself against phishing, be careful about the links you follow. Google advises against following a link in an email and then entering your password. Also discouraged is writing down your password or sending it in an email. Google, for example, makes it clear that they will never ask for your personal information or password.
  • • Update your operating system and browser frequently. Your computer probably offers a setting within your operating system which will allow you to establish automatic software updates. If available, use them! You can also check on-line for available updates for various types of Microsoft and Apple software. Google provides additional information in the original text of their recommendations (link below).
Recommendations for using a shared computer:
Using a shared or public computer is risky.If you need to use a shared computer, Google provides two additional suggestions:

  • • Be sure to clear all of your private information off of a shared computer after use. This includes cookies, passwords, user names, and any other data. Your browser, or the browser that serves the shared computer, may be automatically set up to save recent information. Read Google’s full list of suggestions to find out how.
  • • Never leave a shared computer without fully signing out.
Google provides extra suggestions for Gmail users:
  • • Verify the filtering and forwarding settings under the “Settings” tab in your Gmail account. You want to be sure that your email is being forwarded correctly.
  • • Always use a secure connection when signing into your email. Fortunately, Gmail automatically uses a secure connection. This will help keep your privacy protected when you sign in via a public access.
  • • Your gmail account contains settings for you to select recovery information in the event that you lose access to your account or forget your sign-in information. You can select a security question and a secondary email address and/or a cell phone number which can be used to send your recovery message if this occurs. Keep this information accurately updated.

Check out the Google cyber security blog for more free and helpful tips on how to keep your PC protected at: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/next-steps-in-cyber-security-awareness.html

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Emily Shieldings is a staff reporter for the Antivirus Help Center and does not receive any compensation from anyone to provide links in her reports. The antivirus help center does not receive compensation from any other companies, including Google, to provide links in any articles. Our primary focus is to help make the web and personal computing safer for all.

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