Accessing the internet and using email connects us to untold educational resources. Unfortunately, it also exposes us to “invasive species,” a variety of computer threats with the potential of deleting files, using up computer memory and stealing personal information, thereby sabotaging our online learning experience.
The links below from The Federal Trade Commission and M.I.T., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provide both clear explanations of computer threats, as well as the steps we can take to protect ourselves and our computer:
Overviews of Computer Security:
Top Ten Safe Computing Tips
Viruses, Spyware, and Malware
Tech Support Scams
Some questions to consider:
Are my passwords “strong”?
Have I backed up my files?
Do I ever leave my laptop unattended?
Do I think twice before clicking on an email attachment?
Are there any “patches” I need to install?