New Year’s resolution #1: secure your technology

HiWired has assembled these five security-oriented tips to keep consumers using their technology, instead of trying to repair it. As 2007 begins, preventative actions such as these could help ward off issues, and save consumers time over the long run.

1. Triple Protect

Anti-virus software is not enough. You also need to have anti-spyware and firewall software. And, keep software updated by installing security patches that prevent attacks through known vulnerabilities.

2. Read the Fine Print

Read User Agreements for software, especially if the software is free. Adware and spyware could be bundled into the software. Studies show that 75% of home computers have some virus, spyware or adware on them.

3. Not Every Joke or Attachment is Safe

Email is the #1 source for unwanted viruses, worms and Trojan horses. Never, ever open up attachments if they look odd or you don’t recognize the email address.

4. Beware of Strangers

Hackers are known to “war drive,” looking for unsecured, unencrypted wireless networks to break into. Make sure your network is protected, and when you’re not online disconnect from the Internet, reducing the chance of exposure to an attacker.

5. Keep it Private

Never reveal personal or financial information in an email, and never respond to emails asking for such information. Go directly to the company’s official website or call to verify the request for sensitive information.

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