A safer computer is just a click away

When it comes to general computer safety, these 10 tips will keep your system working more efficiently and effectively, helping to prevent incidents on your machine:

  1. Use a strong password. Create a strong and unique password with upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters such as #, ! &, and %. Don’t use your first or last name as part of your password, or a phrase that is easy to guess. Whenever possible, use some form of two-factor authentication.
  2. Check your wireless network settings. Set wireless networks to “no broadcast" and password-protect them.
  3. Install anti-virus and anti-malware programs. There are several free options for personal use from companies such as AVG and Malwarebytes.
  4. Turn on your firewall. This will prevent intruders from entering your system via the Internet.
  5. Turn on automatic updates. This will make sure you have the latest software patches for your operating system and web browser, which are usually published to fix known bugs and security flaws.
  6. Update security programs. Viruses destroy your data and malware will steal your personal information. Programs such as anti-virus and anti-malware, used alongside firewalls, will help to protect your computer.
  7. Update all third-party programs. This includes Microsoft Office, Adobe products and browsers such as Firefox, Chrome and Safari. Hackers often target third-party applications with known vulnerabilities.
  8. Store any personal files and data backups securely. Be sure to turn on all security settings built into your computer, and password-protect your computer and files with sensitive personal or account data.
  9. Encrypt your hard drive.  If sensitive information is stored on your hard drive, you can protect it with encryption and by regularly backing up your data to a separate disk and, where possible, to a remote site or facility.
  10. Remove storage drives. Before disposing of your computer, remove all storage drives. Do not rely on the “delete” or trash function to remove files containing sensitive information.

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