& GETTING STARTED
This tutorial is designed for less experienced users who want to learn basic cyber security practices.
There are 5 chapters in this tutorial:
First, Let’s review a few tips and review how the tutorial is structured.
Structure of tutorial
- What is it used for?
- Who is it made for?
- Why & When should I use it?
- Where & How will I get it and set it up?
Product recommendations are made based on data from reputable sources.
You won’t need to spend time searching for which brand is best -we’ve done that work for you already! There are only two choices in every chapter; the best free option or the best-paid option.
At the end of each topic, you will know how to set up the tool and how to use it correctly.
5 Essential habits to start
Many people overlook rebooting their devices. This should be your first step when a device is not functioning properly.
A reboot helps free up resources, clear memory, and make devices run smoother. Do this weekly to stay on top of it.
Open your antivirus program and select “Scan Now”. You can set up a scheduled scan to happen at regular times; this is covered in a later section.
We highly recommend that you scan your device once weekly at a minimum to ensure your system stays free of malware.
Lock your devices-
Use a password protected account on every device and lock them when unattended. This is especially important at work; you never know who will peek in when you are away.
Use a 6-digit pin, when possible or a password greater than 12 characters.
Check links before you click!
Get a link checker such as DrWebb (all browsers). An example is an http://bit.ly from Facebook link that leads to an Amazon page.
It can also lead to a malicious website and you won’t know until you click it.
Log out when done-
This is one of the most important tips on this page. Log out of accounts when done to prevent a “session hijack”. This is like holding the door open for a stranger, letting them into your account by accident.
Now you are ready to begin the tutorial.
Rebooting matters- http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/rebooting-computer-fix-many-issues/
Antivirus isn’t enough- http://lifehacker.com/the-difference-between-antivirus-and-anti-malware-and-1176942277
Lock your device- http://www.netstandard.com/always-lock-computer/
Check links- https://www.lifewire.com/dangers-of-short-links-2487975
Why take breaks and exercise- https://www.spineuniverse.com/wellness/ergonomics/workstation-ergonomics-take-break