There are some habits that are beneficial and can make your computing life easier and smoother. Here are some habits that we feel you should make a point of cultivating:
- Install updates - not only from Microsoft or Apple, but also from Adobe (Flash, Acrobat) and your browser. These take care of vulnerabilities that come to light periodically. Right now, updates from Adobe are critical.
- Use a secure browser - Apple's Safari and Microsoft's Internet Explorer are both considered extremely insecure. Google's Chrome and Mozilla's Firefox are both considered superior browsers and are more secure.
- Use "legitimate" websites - stick with websites that are higher profile. These tend to not have illegitimate content (malware) included in them. Many more people watch and examine those sites, so their programmers tend to be on top of any problems.
- Use a strong password/passphrase - use a passphrase made up of several words, which include numbers, upper/lower case letters, and/or symbols. Use this on your computer as well - this will protect it if it falls into the wrong hands, and will lessen any roommate pranks. . . not that there will be any roommate pranks, of course.