How to Secure your Computer Systems – 10 Tips… As a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, a Certified Computer Forensics Specialist, Network and Security Consultant, Software Developer, and Data Recovery Expert, my passion for technology is undeniable. I also enjoy helping people, especially when it comes to my passion. This white paper is centered on 10 important points to keep your computer systems secure. 1. Make sure that your password is secure. This means any passwords in use should have some degree of complexity. A common standard for secure passwords is to have a minimum of 8 characters, and be a mixture of letters, numbers and symbols. For example, the user Jane Smith could use a password similar to Ja $ mith1, providing a good amount of complexity and very easy to remember. The symbol: $ can be used instead of s or S, @ can be used instead of a or A, even 0 can be used instead of o or O. 2. As the Business Owner or as a Partner you should not hand your password to anyone, nor should you write it down and leave it in your work environment or office. 3. Confidential information located on your network should be restricted and only allow access to the appropriate individuals. Make sure you test the access rights or delegate this to a trusted individual. 4. Your personal computer should be password protected and automatically enable password protection If the computer system has not been utilized for several minutes, this will prevent anyone from snooping around on your computer while you are in the restroom or on a lunch break. 5. All Computers in your office should have Anti-virus software installed. Commercial products such as Symantec Antivirus http://www.symantec.com or free software such as provided from Grisoft http://www.grisoft.com . 6. All Computers in your office should also have Anti-spyware software installed. This will help to keep your computer clean from other malicious programs on the internet that could generate pop ups, capture confidential information, and slow down your computer system tremendously. Commercial Anti-spyware programs such as Spyware Doctor from PC Tools can be found at http://www.pctools.com . Free Anti Spyware programs such as Microsoft Windows Defender can be found at http://www.microsoft.com and Adaware at http://www.lavasoft.com . 7. Keep your systems updated. Microsoft provides an update feature that can be accessed from within Windows. It is used to update the computer system with new improvements and security fixes. It is.