There is an online security researcher named Krebs that published 3 basic rules for online safety. These still make a lot of sense:
- If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it!
- If you installed it, UPDATE it!
- If you no longer need it, REMOVE it!
The original article is at https://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/05/krebss-3-basic-rules-for-online-safety/
There is potentially a lot of useful / sellable info on that old PC that you haven’t used in a while.
This is from https://krebsonsecurity.com/2012/10/the-scrap-value-of-a-hacked-pc-revisited/
There’s a lot of bad actors online, but there are indeed things you can do to be safer. Watch the tech site for more articles, coming soon.