Information security tips for the everyday computer user



Information security simply is the protecting of information and its systems from unauthorized use or access.

Computer security focuses on the correct functioning of the computer system, while the other focuses on the data stored on the system.


Working safely on the Internet

For working in a secured manner on the internet, some of these information tips have to be taken into consideration:

Confidentiality: The mail service or any organization or mailing group you sign up with should be a trusted one. An organization that doesn’t give out your information to unauthorized systems or people.
Integrity: The data provided should be free of unauthorized modifications.
Availability: Services/help and other applications should always be available.
Non-repudiation: The best examples here are clickbank paypal services and ebay. Make sure the organizations can be held accountable for any transaction.
Authenticity: When doing transactions, They should ask for proof of identity, like proof of residence, International passport, or something you know or have. There are lots of money making sites online now, make sure you know their scam reports before participating in any activity of theirs.


Working with emails the best information security tips would be;

    Check the provider's security access.
    Adopt encryption methods.
    Check if the supplier provides authentication methods.
    Make sure SSL/TLS is enabled in the connection.
    Well, use yahoo mail, Gmail, Hotmail etc.



Also consider these passwords tips. They can found in the comp. security page. These tips are important to information security.

general password tips

    Include special Characters like #, or numbers.
    It should at least be up to 6 characters.
    Combine numbers and letters.
    Don’t use your name or birthday and even petnames as a password or user names.
    Don’t store passwords in any file on your computer.
    have different passwords for different things
    avoid using numbers like, 1234567890 or 0987654321. They can all be guessed.


In a nutshell;

    Lock your pc with a password.
    Do not place the screens at the sight of strangers.
    Ask for the id of anyone who solicits for information.
    Do not trust any email you don’t know.
    Be careful when downloading software or files.
    Always know how safe a site is before visiting it.
    Report a spam.
    Always read the license of any software before downloading.
    Do not respond to emergent messages requesting personal or financial information, review account statements to detect unauthorized charges.
    Use antivirus software and a firewall.

More on information security
For mobile devices, you should use combination locks, never leave unattended devices,
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