10 Safe Computing Tips: Unleash Your Digital Armor!

Safe Computing is Like Safe Sex
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In a world irrevocably intertwined with digital technology, the ramifications of the cyber threats that silently lurk in the shadows of our online lives are more real and tangible than ever before. The universe of ones and zeros is an infinite battlefield where unseen wars rage on, battles that breach firewalls, capture data, and shatter lives.

As an ordinary user browsing the internet, engaging with friends on social media, or doing online transactions, you might feel detached from the scary world of hacking, viruses, and data breaches. It’s easy to think that these issues only affect big corporations with big data. But that’s where we make our first mistake. As digital citizens, we’re all targets for cyber threats that tirelessly lurk in the hidden corners of the internet, waiting for a moment of weakness to strike.

Cyber criminals don’t discriminate between a corporate giant and an individual. They see only opportunities—opportunities to exploit vulnerabilities, to seize control, and to cause chaos. As a digital citizen, every click you make, every website you visit, every link you click on could potentially be a door for these threat actors. But here’s the good news – you’re not helpless in this digital war. By practicing safe computing, you can significantly reduce your risk and secure your digital life.

The Essence of Safe Computing

Safe computing is more than just installing an antivirus software and calling it a day. It’s about creating a culture of constant vigilance and understanding that every click, every site visit, and every download could potentially open the door for cyber threats. Safe computing means adopting habits that fortify your digital defenses and protect your valuable information, bank accounts, and personal photos from being misused.

The Ghostwriters of the Digital Age – Malwares and Viruses

In the context of cyber threats, the ghostwriters aren’t the benign spirits helping authors finish their works. They’re malicious software, often called malware, that run in the background, invisible and often unnoticed. They can rewrite your computer’s narrative without your knowledge, leading to devastating consequences. Viruses, a type of malware, are just like the biological ones—they spread rapidly, causing damage and chaos wherever they proliferate. They’re the ghosts in the machine, an invisible danger, making safe computing a necessity rather than a luxury.

Building Your Digital Armor

Building a digital armor goes beyond installing antivirus software. You need a multi-layered strategy that shields you from various types of threats. Here’s a numbered list of steps you can follow to create your comprehensive defense:

  1. Install reliable antivirus software and keep it updated.
  2. Use a secure network – consider investing in a VPN.
  3. Regularly update your software and operating system.
  4. Use complex and unique passwords for each of your accounts.
  5. Be careful with the websites you visit and the links you click.
  6. Enable two-factor authentication where possible.
  7. Be cautious when downloading and installing software.
  8. Backup your data regularly.

These steps might seem daunting at first, but with time, they will become second nature.

Your Guide to Staying Safe Online

The key to staying safe online is understanding the landscape of the cyber world. Learn about the common threats such as phishing, ransomware, and identity theft, and understand how to counteract them. Be aware of the dangers of public Wi-Fi, and use secure connections whenever possible. Always be mindful of the information you share online—think twice before posting personal details, and be wary of unsolicited requests for personal information.

Safe Computing is like Safe Sex – Lessons from Richard Lowe Jr.

Drawing parallels between seemingly disparate fields can often provide valuable insights. In his book “Safe Computing is like Safe Sex”, Richard Lowe Jr., a security expert and computer executive, presents the simple steps you can take to protect your digital life. Lowe uses easy-to-understand examples and simple explanations to demystify the complex world of cyber security, making it accessible to everyone. Just as practicing safe sex is essential for physical health, practicing safe computing is crucial for our digital health.

Common Myths and Misunderstandings about Safe Computing

The world of cybersecurity is riddled with myths and misconceptions. It’s not just the big corporations that are targets—individuals are at risk too. Not all hackers wear the proverbial black hat; some are ethical hackers who use their skills to improve security. Antivirus software is important, but it’s not a magic bullet that will protect you from all threats. Safe computing requires more than just an antivirus—it’s a mindset that prioritizes security in all online activities.

I finished reading the book this morning. There was a ton of stuff I did not know about internet security. I use Google Chrome, CCleaner, McAffee LiveSafe, and Anti-Malware. I just started to use HTTPS after reading that page. I really like your BEST PRACTICES. Your examples are easy to read and informative.Robert W. Locke Jr.

 

Conclusion – Safe Computing is Like Safe Sex

Safe computing isn’t a one-time checklist—it’s an ongoing commitment, a lifestyle change. It’s the digital equivalent of eating right, exercising, and getting regular check-ups to maintain good health. Practicing safe computing allows us to harness the benefits of the digital world while minimizing the risks. It empowers us to navigate the online world with a security-first mindset, giving us the tools to defend against cyber threats actively.

Our digital footprint, the trail of data we leave behind in the online world, is growing by the day. Every click, every search, every transaction is a part of that footprint. And in that trail, cybercriminals look for clues, hints to exploit our vulnerabilities, to breach our defenses. But by implementing the principles of safe computing, we can ensure that our digital footprints lead to a dead end for these cybercriminals.

Safe computing is about making conscious decisions—weighing the potential risks and benefits before downloading a new app, considering the possible outcomes before clicking on a link, and being selective about the personal information we share online. It’s about understanding that every action in the digital world can have real-world consequences.

As practitioners of safe computing, we are like well-trained martial artists. We possess the knowledge, the skills, and the confidence to defend ourselves in the sprawling dojo that is the internet. The digital landscape might be daunting, but equipped with safe computing practices, we are not afraid. We are prepared.

The key takeaway from this guide isn’t a specific tip or tool—it’s a mindset. The understanding that our safety online is in our hands. The realization that we can influence our digital destiny. The acceptance that with the great power of the internet comes great responsibility. Safe computing is more than a defensive tactic—it’s our path towards a safer, more secure digital future.

Embrace safe computing today. Stand tall in the face of cyber threats. Protect your digital life and take control of your digital destiny.

You’ve got the knowledge, you’ve heard the stories, and you’re equipped with the strategies. Now, it’s time to take action. Don’t wait for a threat to strike before you start practicing safe computing. Act today, secure your digital life and stay a step ahead of the cybercriminals.

“Safe Computing is like Safe Sex,” is more than just a book – it’s your digital security handbook. This comprehensive guide, written by security expert Richard Lowe Jr, will arm you with the tools and techniques you need to protect yourself from hackers, malware, and viruses.

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Takeaways: Safe computing empowers us to navigate the digital world without constant fear of cyber threats. It’s about making conscious decisions—considering the potential risks and benefits before downloading that new app, clicking on an intriguing link, or sharing personal information online. Like a well-trained martial artist, a practitioner of safe computing possesses the knowledge, skills, and confidence to defend themselves in the sprawling dojo that is the internet.

With this knowledge, make safe computing a priority today and protect your digital life.

Introduction

Has your computer ever been infected by a virus? Have you ever felt that sinking feeling when your system wouldn’t boot up and you wondered if you just lost all your files? Did you ever find yourself locked out of your computer with a demand for payment or else you’d never see your files again? Even if this hasn’t happened to you, I’ll bet you know someone who has had these kinds of experiences.

I’ve helped countless friends and acquaintances throughout my career recover their computer systems from all types of disasters, including everything from a simple virus to attempts to extort ransom. The worst damage I encountered, back in the days of Windows 7, was a computer that had 496 virus infections at the same time. The owner didn’t even know his computer was infected! He bought it to me because it was “running a little bit slow.”

Computer security has been an interest of mine since my college days in 1981. I fell into the subject by accident. I was attending junior college and I had a hole to fill in my schedule. The only class available was this weird sounding course that involved computers. It looked boring and had nothing to do with my major, but there was no choice. I had to take a computer class and I wasn’t thrilled about it at all.

It surprised me to no end when, after just a few days, I discovered that I had found my calling. I loved writing applications (we called them programs back then) to do math problems, play games, display graphics, and keep track of things. I soon realized that I had a certain knack for looking at a problem and figuring out how to get the computer to solve it for me.

The computers we used back then bore no resemblance to the systems of today. The one I used in college was the size of four refrigerator boxes and required heavy-duty air conditioning and power, as well as constant care and feeding from technicians. I was fascinated watching them go about their tasks and talking about this mysterious thing called an operating system.

I decided I had to get a look at this operating system, whatever it was, because it sounded so interesting. One day I sat down at a computer terminal and started trying different password combinations for the administrator account, just for kicks. I had this idea that if I could get into the computer as an administrator I could learn more about how it works. In other words, I was curious.

That was my first and only attempt to hack into a system. It didn’t go well because my teacher discovered within minutes what I had done. I thought I was going to get suspended or something worse, but he had a far more devious plan in mind for me.

“Since you hacked our computer you are now in charge of system security,” Mr. James, the man in charge of the computer department, told me. “It is your job to keep people out.”

Ironically, that’s how I got my start in computer security.

As time went by I was hired by a startup company called Software Techniques, and before long I was promoted to the Vice President of Consulting. I worked at that company for six years, then was hired by Beck Computer Systems again as the Vice President of Consulting. In 1994 I moved to Trader Joe’s, a nationwide chain of grocery stores, with the title of Director of Technical Services and Computer Operations.

At all of those companies I was the person in charge of the computer security for the company business. That works out to a total of almost 35 years working to keep computers safe from evildoers. At Trader Joe’s the responsibility was so large that the job was split between me and the Director of Networking, Jimmy James. I was responsible for the security of the corporate computer systems while he was responsible for all network security.

During my 20 years at Trader Joe’s, I worked on hundreds of laptops, desktops and workstations, plus tablets and smart phones. Security was a huge concern as we handled millions of credit card transactions on a regular basis. It was vital to keep those transactions and card numbers from falling into the wrong hands.

I’ve seen everything that can happen to a computer, from massive virus attacks to worms to physical destruction from fire or water. I’ve cried along with my friends as they lost thousands of photos forever after being infected by a particularly nasty virus, and helped another friend recover their hard drive after they dropped it out of a second story window.

During those years I helped many people with security problems on their home computer systems. One fact has become clear during all this time. Most individuals believe their computer is safe and secure straight out-of-the-box and are often surprised to learn that, regardless of the operating system or manufacturer, the truth of the matter is quite the opposite.

My goal with this book is to help you fill in those gaps in your Windows® computer security. This will let you focus on using your computer instead of worrying and, worse yet, recovering or rebuilding from disaster.

I hope by passing along my security knowledge you can avoid the types of disasters I’ve seen throughout my career.

Richard Lowe
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