MONTREAL, Jan. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - It's time for some New Year's
resolutions! Why not take this opportunity to clean up your computer,
catch up on security updates and complete backups? The New Year will
probably bring new security threats - get ready for them by creating
stronger passwords and putting up your defences against hackers.
ProtectionPower.ca, which offers identity theft protection resources and services,
including proactive identity monitoring, has published a list of tips
to help costumers start the new year right - at least as far as their
computers are concerned.
"Given the huge toll identity theft can take, in terms of stress, lost
time and money, it is vital for consumers to take basic, simple steps
to protect themselves," explains Sylvain Patry, senior vice-president
of ProtectionPower.ca and an expert in protecting against identity theft.
6 computer resolutions for 2011
Create and maintain strong passwords. Start the New Year with fresh passwords. Do not use dictionary level
words or names. A strong password uses a combination of numbers,
capital and lowercase letters to secure your account. Change your
Keep viruses out. Buy and install anti-virus software and make sure it automatically
updates regularly - old anti-virus protection is as bad as none at all!
Consider installing separate anti-spam, anti-malware and anti-spyware
Never hit "install later" when your operating system wants to download
security updates. By updating your computer with the latest security updates you will
stay on top of new potential threats that develop every day.
Protect your wireless (and defeat drive-by hackers). Ensure your home network is secure. Make
sure your wireless connection is protected by a password that is only
known to you. Keep your firewall active.
Ignore all pop-ups, unknown attachments, mysterious links and friend requests from people
you don't know.
Do not lose any files in 2011. If you're not in the habit of doing regular backups, consider a program
that will do them automatically for you.
For more tips for your computer and tools to help you protect yourself
from identity theft, visit ProtectionPower.ca.
ProtectionPower.ca is a leading Canadian provider of advanced identity protection services
and educational resources. Founded by a team of security experts with a
background in credit/financial services and technology, ProtectionPower.ca provides the features and experience you need to stay in control of your
For further information:
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