Justin’s 16 Rules of Thumb

  • When purchasing laptops and desktop PCs, don’t get the warranty if the computer costs less than $600.
  • If you are buying a laptop that costs over $1200, seriously consider getting the accidental damage warranty for at least 3 years.
  • If you see that a Java update is available …DO IT!
  • Back up your stuff. Seriously… back it up.
  • A backup means there are at least 2 copies.
  • Laptops should last reliably for 3-4 years.
  • Desktops should last reliably for 4-5 years.
  • Servers should last reliably for 4-5 years.
  • Use a surge protector rated at 2000 joules or higher.
  • If you have a wireless network…secure it with encryption.
  • You are the legally responsible for what goes on over your Internet connection.
  • Have different passwords for all your websites.
  • Passwords should be at least 12 characters or longer.
  • The computer you conduct business and work on SHOULD NOT be the computer your kids use.
  • If you think a computer might be infected with malware or a virus, DO NOT do banking or conduct any transactions online or even offline.
  • Think of malware and viruses not as bad programs but as bad guys sitting at your computer day and night seeing all that you do.

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