It’s that time of year. Parents and students are gearing up to get back to school, and for today’s students, that includes new computers and laptops. But many of them do not understand the importance of computer security. Students are an easy target for online companies, because they are easily duped into a contract that offers free stuff, music downloads, and money (which could contain viruses or spyware). The best practices listed below aide parents and students in the prevention of password breaches, spam, and viruses from potential hackers. The best practices provided will help students understand what computer security entails and determine if their computer is secure. The list also provides information about setting automatic updates (anti-virus/operating system), creating back up copies of all data, setting up junk e-mail addresses, etc.
Utilizing these best practices, students will make informed decisions and encounter fewer problems with their computer. Students need to realize if a worm infestation or spyware is installed on their computer all of their information could be lost, deleted, changed or even put on the internet for everyone to see. Many people are having their identity stolen because their computer lacks the proper security. It is better to have some security measures in place than none at all.