Posted 09 May 2008 - 02:16 PM
This is why it should be mandated that people take computer classes. This especially applies to older folks who did not grow up with computers in their lives. It seems to me that those who are naive to the power of programs on computers are more at risk than anyone else. Thes eprograms should be funded by the state, since this is a matter of well-being, I think.
Computers, ultimately, are slaves: they do nothing that they are told not to do and do everything they are told to do. It is amazing how easily it is to allow this slave to submiss to something unwanted and become uncontrollable.
Here are some pointers about computer security for people who do not know as much about computers are, maybe, younger people or computer technicians or those who have ample knowledge of computers:
-DO NOT execute any program that was not meant to be executed, i.e., do not double-click a program that is not the intended one to operate. Also, the program should be verified before double-slicking even if it is one that was meant to be downloaded. Even trusted sites, now, can obtain corrupted files and send them to users.
-DO scan all files downloaded from the internet with an AV program, Malware program, and other computer security programs before opening the file, even if it is a picture. As a preventative rule: it is better to be safe than sorry.
-DO NOT download from unknown sites or users on p2p networks that are questionable. With the latter example, it may not be easy to verify a user on a p2p network. However, caution should still be exhibited when encountering unknown sources for files. If not anything else, SCAN the files that are downloaded before opening, just to make sure.
-DO NOT click on any links that are unsolicitated or are suspicious. Anything of the sort can potentially be hazardous to a computer. Caution should always be taken online to only execute operations that are meant to be done. However, even these should be monitored and taken with a grain of salt, since the threat of security breach even in trusted zones is higher than it used to be.
This is only four rules, which is not very comprehensive for full computer and internet security. However, these four rules are applicable and are some of the most basic. I am not here to instruct on what people should do online; rather, I'd like to prevent harm to others, as it is not an enjoyable experience.