The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) knows a couple of things about PC security. It’s their job. So when they talk about what people should be doing about security, whether in Europe or here in America, we should listen.

The agency recently gave several pointers to show what can be done to secure a computer from the moment it’s purchased all the way through to the moment it is no longer useful and is being replaced.

The first step is in making sure your new hardware has all of the physical protection it can handle, this is especially true of portables. If your computer is physically stolen, chances are it will be compromised at some point. So use common sense in keeping your computer safe, don’t leave it unattended, don’t carry it in a way that it can be snatched, and do not hand it to someone you are not familiar with.

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There are 24 states in the United States (plus New York City) that have comprehensive e-waste laws and regulations. We are going through each of them to see how they have been implemented and the history and purpose behind each. Today, we are looking at the only city in the nation with a current e-waste law in effect, which NYC passed into law in 2008.

The law became effective on July 1, 2009 and requires manufacturers to submit plans for the collection, transport, and recycling of computers, monitors, printers and televisions and then requires those manufacturers to follow through on those plans within a specific time frame.

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There are 24 states in the United States (plus New York City) that have comprehensive e-waste laws and regulations. We are going through each of them to see how they have been implemented and the history and purpose behind each. Today, we are looking at the state of New Jersey, which passed its law in 2008.

The law took effect on January 1, 2011 and requires manufacturers to pay a registration fee to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and establish a collection, transportation and recycling system. These can be independent or joint ventures (or contracts) with other businesses. The law includes computer equipment such as monitors, computers, laptops, and the like as well as televisions.

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