Protect All Your Computers and Devices
Be Proactive! Don't wait till there is a problem.
You are the IT department for your personal devices.
What You Can Do: Update
Update all your software so code errors do not leave your computer vulnerable to being hacked, infected or remotely controlled. This starts with your operating system but includes Microsoft Office Suite, Acrobat, Java, and Flash.
You get what you pay for. Some free antivirus software is effective, but some are viruses packaged to fool you. When you buy an antivirus program you still need to make sure it is getting updated regularly. It generally does not protect against spyware.
Spyware does not harm your computer. It collects information like credit card numbers. Protect against it using antimalware software. Programs like Microsoft Defender are free and generally effective.
Firewalls stop hackers from accessing your computer.
Software Firewalls often come as part of a paid antivirus subscription. If the firewall stops your ability to use other software you can search the software manufacturer to find out what port it uses and then enable it in your firewall configuration. Hardware Firewalls are built into your router or modem. You need to make sure it is turned on.
Privileges and Permissions
Privileges and permissions in the operating system can add another level of security. System administrator accounts have access to everything in your computer. If you create a user account on your computer and sign in under the more limited user account, then if your computer gets infected the virus/malware has limited access to effect your computer.
Web browsers are not all equal. Use Chrome, Safari, or Firefox. Don't use Internet Explorer for general web surfing. IE is part of the operating system and allows more access to your computer than browsers that are not.
Be careful with your personal information on social media sites and networks. Review your privacy settings and limit how much information you make available.
Be careful using public, unsecured (no password required) WiFi. Don’t bank, shop, or enter personal information.
Phones, tablets & other devices are vulnerable to threats. You should protect them like you would your computer.
If you're a victim of identity theft, notify your financial institutions immediately & contact the credit bureaus.
Make sure all of your devices have the latest operating systems, software, anti-virus, apps, and web browsers. Update regularly!
Protect your money. When banking and shopping, check to be sure the sites are security enabled. Look for web addresses with https:// which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. http:// is not secure. Be Web Wise.
Back it up: Protect your valuable work, music, photos, and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely. Be a Good Online Citizen.
Safer for me means more secure for all: What you do online has the potential to affect everyone - at home, at work and around the world. Practicing good online habits benefits the global digital community.
Legitimate companies will never ask you to verify or provide confidential information in an unsolicited email. When in doubt open another browser and navigate to the real company website.