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Rondo Workshop Schedule -- A schedule of Monday night workshops at Rondo Library presented by St. Paul E-Democracy.

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Protective Software

  1. Safeguarding your computer
    1. The first line in being safe on the internet is protection software
      1. Firewall
      2. Anti-virus
      3. Anti-spyware
  2. Firewall
    1. Protects against unauthorized use of your computer by outsiders while you are on the internet
    2. Restricts access to the Internet
  3. Anti-virus
    1. Blocks viruses and other self-replicating programs designed to damage or take over your computer
    2. Must be kept up-to-date to provide protection
  4. Anti-spyware
    1. Blocks software designed to collect information about the computer user, such as passwords, financial information and where they go on the Internet
    2. Blocks software that tracks patterns of computer use on and off-line
  5. What to use
    1. McAffee, Norton, AVG, Trend Micro – PC-cillin are all anti virus and may also have firewall software
    2. These programs may change the properties of files that user might download, for example from .exe to .efw (which prevents the file from executing)
    3. Spybot, Ad-Aware, Spy Sweeper (Webroot)
    4. Most have a free version that can be used to sweep your computer online, but these do not automatically update the way the paid copied do and may only alert you to a virus but not remove it
  6. Some Internet providers will include security software in the subscription
  7. Some on-line e-mail providers will provide e-mail scanning, but this does not fully protect you.
    1. Not all security infections are caused by e-mail,
    2. some web sites will try to download malicious software when you go to their site
    3. Viruses will attack from several different locations. Everyone knows to watch their e-mail but not everyone knows to watch traffic coming into the Ports on their computer. There are viruses out there that search for unguarded ports (access points into your computer’s operating system) and try to infect those. These are almost impossible to stop without a good firewall. If one of these viruses get into your machine the anti-virus software can often get rid of the infection, but why let them in.
  8. Three legged stool, one leg is anti-virus, one leg is anti-spyware, and one leg is the firewall. Take away any one, and you fall over.

Prevent Phishing

  1. Phishing is fishing for information
  2. Phishing is scamming
  3. Phishing wants to steal from you
  4. Don’t be scammed
    1. Your bank HAS NOT tried to contact you by e-mail about your account
    2. You HAVE NOT been contacted by African royalty or distant cousins who want to share the family fortune
    3. Real lottery prizes DO NOT need you to send money to claim your prize
    4. Real lottery prizes WILL NOT ask for your financial information be sent by an e-mail, and the web site link in the e-mail IS NOT honest
    5. If you receive a message like these, do not respond to any of the contact numbers, addresses, or web links in the message.
  5. Always delete your browsing history and close Internet Explorer when you are done with your session, especially if you are using a public computer

Be “Street Smart” when you are on the Internet

NetSmartz Real Life Stories, including the "Tracking Teresa" presentation from the workshop.


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