Practical Ways to be Safe Online

Here is a brief list of things you can do to protect yourself online.

  1. Do your updates often and regularly.
  2. Don’t download something you didn’t go looking for to begin with.
  3. Don’t believe pop-up warnings that tell you what’s wrong with your PC.
  4. Don’t let anyone remote into your computer if you didn’t go looking for them.
  5. Don’t ever call a phone number you are instructed to call. 100% scam!
  6. Don’t open attachments in email unless you expected it.
  7. Don’t click links in email unless you’re 1000% sure it’s okay.  1000 percent!
  8. Make it a habit to read every dialog box that pops up.  Don’t just click through them.
  9. Use a password manager. Lastpass is probably the best.
  10. Secure your network. Consult a professional.
  11. Use OpenDNS. Again, call a professional.
  12. Use Google Chrome, not Internet Explorer.
  13. Install uBlock Origin in Chrome.
  14. Use a commercial antivirus program (not free) such as ESET Endpoint Antivirus.

Meet the author

Dan grew up in New York State, and graduated from Queensbury High School in 1980. He majored in computer science at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and received bachelor of science in 1984. He was a programmer at several insurance companies, and worked at Pioneer Hi-Bred for ten years. He and was a computer programmer for over 18 years, and started Iowa PC Services, Inc. in July of 2002. He is an active member at the Grandview Church of Christ in Des Moines, and enjoys woodworking and taking walks with his wife, Donna.