Computer Self-Check & Privacy
How well do you know the computer that you use? Have you ever given any thought to your privacy as you browse the web? Every now and again, it’s important to conduct a privacy and security check on your computer, other electronic devices, and accounts. This blog is a list of computer self-check questions you can use to help determine if you possess basic knowledge or awareness of the device you use and the privacy of your accounts.
Computer Self-Check: Device & Programs
What is the make and model of my computer?
(brand name, model/series number, e.g. Dell Inspiron 1545)
What operating system do I have?
(Windows Vista, 7, 8/8.1, 10; use this blog to help you determine the OS)
What size hard drive do I have, and about how much data is stored on it?
(e.g. 500GB hard drive, 54GB used; find this information in File Explorer > This PC > C: drive)
What version of Microsoft Office is installed on my computer (if any)?
(Home & Student, Business, or Professional; 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 365)
How many user profiles are on my computer? If more than one, which ones have administrative privileges?
What is my profile login password (if any)? Is it a local account (tied only to this device) or a Microsoft account (displays a user and email address)?
What is my antivirus program? When did I last run a scan?
(Norton, McAfee, Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Defender, Kaspersky, AVG, etc.)
Computer Self-Check: The Internet & Online Accounts
What browser(s) do I use to access the Internet?
(Internet Explorer, Edge, Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera)
What is my homepage on my browser?
How do I change my homepage?
How do I save a favorite/bookmark in my browser?
What is (are) my email password(s)?
When did I last change my email password (if ever)?
Do I have recovery/verification options set up with my email account, and is that information current?
(recovery phone number, alternate email address, security questions with answers I know)
Have I ever checked my privacy settings in my social media accounts? Do I know who is able to see what I post?
Do I have any old online accounts I never use and need to delete?
Do I have a record of usernames and passwords for my various accounts, on and offline?
Take this computer self-check today!