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What Every Computer User Should Know

This list should start with the most important things a computer user should know, do and not do.

What Every Computer User Should Know

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Understand Viruses, Antivirus Software Up to Date.

Video by Common Craft.

Malware, an abbreviation of Malicious Software can do all sort of things not only to your computer, but to you and the ones you love.

Malware includes viruses that can destroy your computer, but that's not really the worst that can happen. Malware isn't just used to destroy computers by evil geniuses or punk kids.

Malware can turn your computer into a "zombie". Basically it's kept alive and you think everything is fine, but it's being used by the attacker along with thousands (and in some cases millions) off other compromised computers in what is called a "botnet" to wreak havoc on the people you email most, on websites using distributed denial-of-service attacks and on the web at large.

We are all in this web together. We have a responsibility to each other to make our community as safe as possible.

References:

Plain English explanation of "Viruses and Threats" by Common Craft
http://www.commoncraft.com/video/computer-viruses-and-threats

Malware
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware

Botnet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botnet

Distributed Attack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_denial-of-service#Distributed_attack

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Keep Your Operating System Up to Date

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Practice Caution when Opening Attachments

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Watch Out for Phishing Scams

by Common Craft

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Always Double Check the URL

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Watch Out for Email Spoofing

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Watch Out for URL Spoofing

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Keep All Your Software Up to Date

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When Signing In to a Site, Always Check for HTTPS

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