Computer Security Check List
In order to keep your computer secure and prevent any infections, we've compiled this check list of simple steps to take in order to secure your computer. If you require assistance at any time, feel free to ask the staff at the DoIT Walk-in Help Desk. Or, if you're completing this check list at home and have questions, give us a call at (608)264-HELP.
Note: Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.0 are not recommended by Cybersecurity. These operating systems no longer receive security updates. Any information regarding Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.0 in this document is meant for convenience. It is highly suggested to update your OS.
Install and update anti-virus software
- Anti-Spyware software is useful to have in case a virus breaches your first lines of defense and infects your computer. Anti-Spyware software does not scan your computer continuously (like an Anti-Virus program would), but rather scans on command.
- Spybot - Search and Destroy
- Each Anti-Spyware program has an "update" feature that does not update automatically - you have to manually update it yourself before you run a scan. Make sure to update your Anti-Spyware first, then run a scan.
Make sure your firewall is up and running
Check for operating system updates
Check the strength of your passwords
Uninstall file sharing software
Secure your important data