Protect your Computer and its Data
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.