Are You a Responsible Computer User?

If you answered 'Yes' to this question, how did you determine your answer? Did you say 'Yes' because:

1. You have a virus scanner.
2. You don't open attachments.
3. You don't go to porn sites.
4. What you do on your computer is no one else's concern.

OK, now answer these questions.

1. If you are using any version of Microsoft Windows, do you regularly check the Windows Update to make sure you have all of the updates installed that Microsoft has deemed 'Critical'?

2. Is your virus scanner updated? When was the last time you checked to see if your virus definitions are current?

3. Have you checked your computer for spyware? Do you know about spyware? Do you have a program that checks for spyware?

4. Are you aware of the fact that there are countless thousands of computers that are in effect 'Zombies'? These computers are sending out virus, spam emails and anything else the zombie controllers want to send.

5. Are you aware; if you haven't updated Windows; if you don't have an updated virus scanner; if you haven't checked for spyware and you are sending emails to friends and colleagues you are putting their computers at risk as well as your own?

6. Do you use strong passwords for all of your online activities? A strong password consists of at least 10 to 12 characters, both lower and upper case letters, numbers and if the site permits it, symbols. NEVER use a dictionary word. While it may be handy to use the same password for every site, not a good idea! If that password is ever compromised, then every other site where it is used will be as well.

If you answered 'No' to any of these questions, you need to give your computing practices a hard look and see what you can do to be able to answer 'Yes, I am a responsible computer user'.

Next, How to be a responsible computer user, Part 1