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Written by Neal Francom   
Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Follow these best practices to keep you, your family, your coworkers, and your computer safer in the online world.

  1. Avoid infection. Update your computer regularly, and use an Internet firewall with up-to-date anti-virus software and anti-spyware.

  2. Don't open files from strangers. E-mails and text messages can spread viruses and worms. Never open a file attached to an e-mail or an instant message unless you recognize the sender and are expecting the file. Don’t click on links in e-mail or text messages.

  3. Protect your security and your identity. Use strong passwords. Don’t use the same password for everything. Don’t share your passwords. Don’t write them down.

  4. Don’t leave your computer unattended. Power it off when you aren’t using it.

  5. Back up your data.

  6. Know the NO’s of social networking: no inappropriate or revealing media, no location information, and no contact information.

  7. Don’t use a wireless network unless it is encrypted and password-protected. 

Neal Francom is a business manager for the Church.

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