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Let’s Celebrate Computer Security Day with these Safe Computing Tips

November 30, 2013
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If you got a computer, a laptop or a smartphone, then 30th November is a very important day for you and your gadgets. Know why from this post.

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Computer Security Day is officially observed every year, on the 30th of November.  It was incepted in the year 1988, with an aim to help people understand the importance of securing their computer and its information. And if you fetch the timeline; from 1988 to 2013, computer technology and Internet have had a Mammoth (I am using a capital ‘M’ here) leap. But that leap has been followed by a huge jump in malware threats too. So, it is only logical that on Computer Security Day we revisit our computer security checklist and see that our digital assets are secured, healthy, and wise.

Here are some quick tips you can follow to celebrate Computer Security Day in the right spirit:

1. You can start by sticking Computer Security Day posters in your workplace, home, classroom, etc.

2. There cannot be a better day than the Computer Security Day for changing your old passwords. And don’t just change them, make them unhackable! And to know how to do it, get these tips for creating stronger passwords.

3. Going for a walk every morning is good for you; and so is scanning your computer every once in a while.  Run a complete virus scan of your computer and see if any virus is lurking in your system.

4. Once you are done with the scan and cleaning off any existing virus, backing up your computer data would be the next best thing to do. From external USB hard drives to cloud storage and from DVDs to portable devices such as flash drives, you have a lot of options to go for.

5. Now that the backup part is over, let’s get down to another important stuff that you should consider doing on Computer Security Day, and that is killing unnecessary startup applications. Many applications start automatically the moment your system is ON and this can slow down your system big time. This is how you can go about it –

a. Click Start
b. Type Run
c. Click Run
d. Type ‘msconfig’ and then press Enter
e.  In the window that pops up, select the ‘Startup’ tab
f.  From the list of programs that show ups, uncheck programs that you do not require when the system starts.
g. Click OK

6. Never leave your computer, smartphone, etc., unattended; always lock it if you are going away for a while.

7. Remember to carry your pen drives, external drives or any storage devices after you use them. You don’t want them to get into the wrong hands, especially when you are using them to store private or confidential information.

8. Watch out for shoulder surfing. Whenever you are accessing a site that requires login, or giving away any payment information on ecommerce websites, ensure that no one is snooping on you. Taking this measure is more crucial when you are in restaurants, coffee shops, bus stops, and other public places. Exercise this precaution even in ATMs.

9. And not to forget, update your computer’s antivirus software. And while you are onto it, update the system’s operating system, Internet browser and other software installed on it.

On Computer Security Day, you must also ensure that your computer is physically safe and not just digitally. Here are a few measures you can consider doing:

1.  Keeping your work station neat and tidy reduces the risk of misplacing or losing storage devices, important files, etc. So, start by vacuuming your computer, wiping its screen, and tidying up its nearby area.
2.  Laptops and notebooks are easy to conceal and steal. You can use security cables to prevent people from removing them without your permission.
3.  Double check if your computer area is fire proof and has smoke detectors and fire extinguishers installed in it.

To conclude, if you want your computer to keep serving you with healthy bytes of cookies, then celebrate this Computer Security Day with safe computing. Stay safe!

Date source:
www.computersecurityday.org

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Rajiv Singha
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  1. D.ChakrabortyDecember 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Nice

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  2. Sunil Kumar PDecember 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    It is very nice software.

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  3. Sunil Kumar PDecember 2, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Good

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  4. Mrs. Uzra Khatoon HashmiDecember 2, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Very useful tips, indeed. As there is a spectrum of computer users in terms of there being computer savvy, the following is suggested for making the tips more effective and catering to a larger range of users:
    1. The tips may be divided into systematic headings, such as, periodic checking of the machine, devices and programs; acquisition of accessories and software; handling of the computer; care regarding the functional environment and people around; care in dealing with net and visiting sites; discerning response to those who approach you to strengthen your computer security, etc.
    2. Some tips are additionally needed how to get suspicious about presence of malware, spyware and virus to ascertain and doing needful.
    3.Some general tips may be included as ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’ if the problem of some serious nature is detected.
    I know that a comprehensive coverage of such tips is difficult and painstaking but as some people think good of others (in this case computer users) we may try to be more effective.

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  5. Ansumay DattaDecember 2, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Excellent tips.

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  6. thanks a lot

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  7. aniruddha KhanteDecember 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    ?

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  8. Pranav PanhalkarDecember 2, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Very very useful tips…. !

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  9. VIPUL PARMARDecember 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    These are very useful tips,very nice to follow.

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  10. manish kumarDecember 2, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Useful tips

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  11. Hi Team,
    I am very much impressed with your support and updated information which is really necessary now a days to stay awakened in this virtual world. And thank you for your all support and this wonderful ANTIVIRUS software which no one can beat it.

    Regards
    Arun Nair

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  12. PRIYANK DAFTRYDecember 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    ITS VERY NICE TECHNO

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  13. very nice

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  14. Padi TajangDecember 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    These tips are just not mere words but a lesson for a lazy fellow like me…

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  15. vishnuprasadpandyDecember 3, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    IT S EXCELLENT SOFTWARE…..I LIKE IT…

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  16. SHAKTIMAYA PRUSTYDecember 3, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Its very useful tips.

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  17. Hm its naiz….

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  18. Very nice

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  19. Keshav kundanDecember 3, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Thankss…Quick Heal
    All the tips very useful for us……

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  20. Radhakanta PandaDecember 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Nice

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  21. P. SrinivasDecember 3, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Great tips. Also include the damage from the lightening and thunder strikes, recently my modem and onboard ethernet port stopped working, I purchased a LAN card and Modem.

    Just ensure that you remove the ADSL wire from the splitter or main phone line, also Use RCCB’S and proper earthing to house, by digging a hole and filling it with salt and coal and place a metal pipe and connect the earth wire of the whole house to it.

    Its safe to just disconnect all devices from power outlet during thunder storms.

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  22. Its realy useful for computer & mob security

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  23. Sharad PhadkeDecember 3, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    How do I find if my computer is compromised or hacked? Once if affected QH won’t detect it.
    I have tried boot scanner but it did not show.
    When I had been to Karnataka High Court site it was protected by some Unix base program and it said your IP is blacklisted and no further action is allowed.
    I went to that firm site and found my IP address is from Allahabad starting from 55.
    Some time back I had complaint to Cyber Crime but I am very doubtful if Police have any knowledge about computer security and they are very reluctant to heard what other person is telling and avoid to reach to root.
    Today I am downloading signature file [emergency disk] to make boot cd to boot by cd and do system full scan. but I don’t know if I can make this for win xp and 7.
    Mine is internet security 15.0
    What is the method to check and resolve our own suspicion?

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  24. thanks… these are really nice tips..

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  25. Very good information!! Keep it up!!

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  26. shammi singhDecember 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Thankss…Quick Heal
    All the tips very useful for us…

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  27. Praveen Kumar SinghDecember 3, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Thanks a Lot

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  28. Praveen Kumar SinghDecember 3, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    thanks

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  29. Dear Team members of Quick heal,
    This is both feedback & support,First of all thanks a lot for given us important tips with upgrade our old version to new latest version with simultaneously 30th November is Computer security day. … Wow Great!but Total security quick heal New version is not much different to total security quick heal-2013. , In this new version no much new tools with features are given but very efficient with powerful.almost 90% are similar to each other.Next time while release another new version then add more tools and new feature (such as add more effective feature like improve more faster updates,server edition with more powerful detected feature facilities etc. included in Quick heal Total security). My view is that, if Quick heal organization/ team adding the mentioned above feature with improve more, then its (Quick heal total security) will more efficient with people used it more and more with demand a lot. Once again thank you, very much for latest version-15.00(8.0.0)
    Thanks with regard,

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  30. Good tips! I have Q.H Internet security pack March 2013. I have a missed product key so my version is not registered. for updating it asking a key what is the problem if virus shield is not updated in a time? I am having windows xp sp2.What is the use of security updates from automatic updates? at present
    my PC is totally well. but in future i want the same. Now recently i got Q.H 2014 I.S esentials. could i change it to new version for future protection?
    Quick heal is the best one comparing to any other virus protections. it is my
    virtual experience. Easy installation, holistic protection, reasonable memory occupation and high efficiency is quick heal. some suspicious viruses has been trapped and quarantined. But i am not able to remove such suspicious items eg: autorun 32, sality.U, etc… from quarantine. Please help me and give tips to remove such viruses from quarantine.

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  31. Nice compilation of well informed guidance.

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  32. Sanjib TripathyDecember 4, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    Very helpful. Thanks to the Quickheal Team.

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  33. Chetan TembhareDecember 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    How to protect form the new neverquest virus…..its a new Russian Cyber Criminals virus affecting on all bank account details and hack customers bank account passwords…

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  34. Thank you Quick Heal Team

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  35. Dr Rayees Rasool DarDecember 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Sir I miss the day now what can I do? please reply that will be your most kindness.
    Thanking you Sir

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  36. alabaksh b maniyaarfDecember 4, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    good,very nice

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  37. its very full in mobile security its a easy way to secure our mobile from viruse…..so its an very nice thing for mobile phone……….

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  38. I UNCHECKED THE UNNECCESSARY STARTUP APPLICATIONS. AFTER DOING THIS THE COMPUTER IS STARTING QUICKLY BUT SOME APLICATIONS GOT MISTAKENLY UNCHEKED. I WANT TO RESTORE THE SAME. TRYING BUT THE WINDOWS IS NOT SHOWING THE STARTUP TAB THROUGH WHICH I CAN RESTORE MY PREVIOUS APLICATIONS. PLEASE DIRECT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE HOW TO DO IT.

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    • Hello Zia,

      Please follow the steps below:

      1. Click Start
      2. Type Run, press Enter
      3. Type msconfig
      4. A window will pop up.
      5. Look for the Startup tab

      If you require any further assistance, kindly get in touch with our support team at 0-927-22-33-000.
      They will help you resolve the issue you are facing.

      Regards,

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  39. It is very good.

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