Be savvy about computer safety

Published: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 9, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

NEW YORK — Alongside the basic new year's resolutions, vow to keep your personal computer fast and clean this year. That includes keeping your personal information from spreading to others from your computer.

Brian Grayek, vice president of threat content at software company CA offers the following tips on keeping your computer safe this year:

· If you view videos from sites such as YouTube, make sure you're using a firewall and an antivirus program. The same goes for multiplayer or virtual world games.

If you're using a broadband Internet connection, a firewall is a must — your computer is online whenever it's on.

· Make sure your antivirus software is up to date. Out-of-date antivirus programs are the No. 1 reason PCs get viruses. Many programs have auto-update features — enable them so you don't have to monitor the software yourself.

· Spam is still a huge problem — 90 percent of all e-mail is spam. Don't click on links claiming to be from your bank — they're not. And don't take stock advice that comes into your inbox.

· Don't share personal information on the Internet. If you use social networking sites, never include your Social Security number, address, phone number, birthday or other information in your profile.

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