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Protect your Computer and its Data

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Make it hard for thieves to get your personal information.

When it comes to protecting the data stored on your computer, a little precaution goes a long way.

  • Install an anti-virus/spyware/phishing product. Scan your computer at least weekly.
  • Install or enable a firewall.
  • Use caution before sharing personal information online – including social media sites.
  • Always monitor your financial accounts for fraudulent or suspicious activity.
  • Allow automatic updates so all your software is current on security fixes.
  • Create and use strong passwords and change them frequently – especially on accounts relating to financial or personal data.
  • Only download information from reputable sources with posted disclosure statements.
  • Be suspicious of offers for a downloadable product that sounds too good to be true. It probably is.
  • Be wary of websites asking for credit card details.
  • Only make purchases from trusted websites.
  • Never respond to unsolicited email asking for personal information.
  • Beware of peer-to-peer file-sharing. Many popular applications include spyware in their installation procedures.
  • Watch out for cookies. Information gathered via these files are sometimes used to provide detailed profiles of your browsing habits.
  • Never open email attachments from unknown sources.
  • Never download or execute files from suspicious or unknown sources.
  • If your anti-virus software reports a suspect file, take the recommended action before shutting down your computer.
  • Don't open email attachments without first scanning for viruses.
  • Always scan CDs and USB drives for viruses or malware.

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