Here’s a short list of safe computing tips that may help you stay safe.
\1. Passwords, use complex passwords and do not use the same password for MySpace/Facebook as you do for your banking website. This is an easy habit to get into so try to break the mold and use something complex that uses numbers, letters, and special characters.
\2. Encryption, this is a must for notebooks and other portable devices. Most individuals do not think about it until the worst happens but how bad would it suck to have your notebook or whatever stolen and then the thief happen to be intelligent enough to data mine through you drive to find credit card numbers or whatever other goodies they could use to steal your identity. There are some good free encryption software packages out there so do a little research.
\3. Avoid intercepted data. Most people do not think about how the data gets from their web browser to it’s destination but I can tell you a majority of the time your data that is trans-versing networks that you have no control over is probably unencrypted therefore not secure and up for being intercepted. Pay attention to what you say over instant messaging and other forms of communication as you would be very surprised as to whom might be listening and worse capturing your information.
\4. Backups, the medium in which your data resides on more then likely has a shelf life so a little thought in regards to backing up your data can go a long way if data becomes corrupt, drive failure, or by malicious means.