The NSA (National Security Agency) released their best practices for keeping your home network secure. Whether you have a Mac or a PC, you should find this handbook very useful for keeping your computers safe and secure. It covers passwords and networks as well as computer travel tips, email and even GPS and photo security. You don't want to leave home or be at home without it. You can find it on the NSA web site.
This is a great pdf article that everyone should download, print, read and follow. As stated in the article: cyber threat is no longer limited to corporate offices and work. Home users need to maintain a basic level of network defense for both themselves and their family when accessing the Internet. Many great tips found within this article such as updating to the latest version of Windows and Office - mainly because they are more secure then older versions. Another great tip is using a security suite that protects against viruses, phishing, HIPS and has a firewall. The biggest thing I noticed is keeping all your software up-to-date, this is so true especially things like Java, Flash and pdf readers. When you see a bubble pop up in the lower right hand corner telling you have an update for lets say Java you should do it, this is usually because they found something wrong and they are patching the problem.
Until next time, surf safe