Get tips on keeping your computer (and your personal information) safe while on the Internet.
Here are some tips for keeping your computer, your data and your personal information safe while browsing the Web:
• Use anti-virus software on your computer. Anti-virus software will detect and remove viruses or prevent them from ever entering your computer. […]
• Use a firewall on your computer. […] A personal firewall will protect your computer against viruses, worms and other Internet threats.
• Create and use strong passwords. […] To create a strong password, use both upper and lower case letters. Also, incorporate numbers or punctuation marks to make your password at least eight characters long. A good password is NOT your name, phone number, […]. […] don’t use a word that uses digits in place of letters or passwords that are simply a group of keys right next to each other on the keyboard (asdfghjkl) or one letter or number repeated (44444444444).
• Update your security software and change your passwords often. […] It isn’t enough just to download and install security software one time. To keep your computer safe, you must update your protective software regularly. Also, even if your passwords are strong, change them every six months or so. Never use one password […] for multiple online accounts. If one of these systems is compromised, your password from one system may be used to try to enter other systems.
• Bewareof instant message links and e-mail attachments. A good rule to follow when communicating online is to never open an attachment that you aren’t expecting, even if you know the person who sent it. […] The sender may not even be aware that the link or attachment contains a virus. […] Before you click on that ad for free software or for an online game demo, know that you may also be downloading spyware. […] With spyware, identity theft is just a few clicks away for the intruder.