How to Surf Safely
SPRING 2008 ANALYSIS, MODELING AND DESIGN (IST.7020..B2W01.SP2008)
The number of personal computers with internet connection has been increasing recently as a result of decrease in personal computer prices and internet connection costs. At the same time, the threats for unprotected personal computers have been increasing. In this paper, the threats, which personal computer may encounter, and simple yet effective precautions for these threats will be explained. Here are the possible issues that PC's are encountered;
Operating system gaps
User account gaps
Unnecessary shared files
Web browser gaps
Possible threats on network systems such as spywares, virusesÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Insecure soft wares
Operating System Gaps
Every operating system has gaps. Publishers release updates and service packs when they realize these gaps. Hackers keep up with the latest updates and try to hack computers which are not up to date.
As a result you should turn on your computer's automatic update function.
User Account Gaps
You should delete all the user accounts on your computer which are not in use. If it's a risky computer, which has important information, you should use password to access this account and also you should consider creating a fake administrator account.
Fake account. A password protected fake account. Even if its' password encrypted, your critic files can not be reached.
For daily purposes and internet access
Real administrator account.
Unnecessary Shared Files
If your PC is not a part of network or you don't use shared printer and scanner options, these services must be turned off. You should turn off the file sharing if you use it once in a blue moon. The only protocol you...