The Do’s and Don’ts of the PC
Here is some good advice for things you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to using a computer in a sane and useful manner.
- Do pay attention to the User Account Controls (UACs) warnings. They imply that a setting change affects the entire system or could post a security risk.
- Do run a firewall, and allow expected traffic to access the local network and Internet. Only deny unexpected firewall requests.
- Do run PC security software, such as Windows Defender. Keep the software activated and updated.
- Do install Windows updates as they arrive.
- Do classify public wireless networks as Public whenever you make a connection.
- Don’t open the PC’s case unless you first turn off and unplug the thing.
- Don’t run the Defrag utility on an SSD, a media card, or a thumb drive.
- Don’t open unexpected e-mail attachments.
- Don’t reply to alarmist email messages or requests for access to certain websites. When in doubt, phone the business claiming to send the message to confirm that it’s legitimate.
- Don’t download unknown software from the Internet.
- Do pay attention to the prompts when downloading software to ensure that you’re not automatically installing shopping buddies, toolbars, or alternative search engines.
- Do update your wireless router’s settings upon initial configuration.
- Do remember that “stuff” happens.
- Don’t blame yourself when the computer crashes.