It's time for a Computer Check-Up!
Did you know that your computer is exposed to security threats every time you go online? Ensuring that your computer and data is safe is critical to keeping your personal and financial information secure.
When was the last time you:
- Installed Antivirus Software?
- Performed a computer scan?
- Changed your passwords?
- Enabled/Updated your firewall settings?
Did you realize that having multiple antivirus or security software(s) can conflict with each other, making your computer more vulnerable? Performing these tasks regularly will help in keeping your data safe!
Identity theft is everywhere – protect yourself!
Disconnect from the Internet when you are not actively using it. Leaving your Internet connection open is like leaving your front door wide open all day and all night. If you leave your Internet open, anything can come in, anytime! Again, make it a habit to close your session.
- Always use the most current version of your browser.
- Don't select "remember password" when using a publicly accessed computer.
- Make sure to set up your Wireless equipment correctly. Read the instructions and follow the manufacturers recommended security implementation.
- Use a firewall if you have a high-speed or “always on” connection to the Internet. The firewall allows you to limit uninvited access to your computer.
- Keep your computer up to date.
Control Viruses & Spyware
Spyware is a hidden program that is installed on a computer without the consent of the owner to secretly gather personal data. The information can then be used by advertisers or even hackers. Spyware can monitor keystrokes, passwords, credit card numbers, Web sites visited, and more. Virtually anything on your computer is available to spyware unless you protect yourself.
It is very common that spyware programs are poorly written and in many instances contain bugs that cause malfunctions of your computer such as unexpected crashes or a noticeable slowdown in performance. One way of protecting your computer is to uninstall software that you are no longer using. This is a good practice and will enable you to notice any new software that was loaded without your authorization.
Update your virus protection software regularly. Keep your computer up-to-date by installing protective patches, updates and security repairs – download automatic updates from your operating system’s Web site.
- Never download unknown programs or software directly from the Internet.
- Never download files from strangers or click on hyperlinks from people you don’t know.