It’s important to secure your computer properly-otherwise you may be putting yourself and possibly your family and friends at risk.
If malicious software infects your computer it can stop it working properly, can delete or corrupt your files and can allow others to access your computer and your confidential information.
Having up-to-date security software installed and activated, securing your internet connections and services and understanding and managing the emails and files you do receive or download can help reduce the risks.
Backing-up your data can also help you recover your information if a virus destroys your files, or your computer is stolen or damaged.
Install security software and update it regularly.
Turn on automatic updates so all your software receives the latest fixes.
Set strong passwords.
Be suspicious of emails from people you don’t know, particularly if they promise you money, good health or a solution to all your problems.
Stop and think before you click on links or attachments in emails.
Stop and think before you share any personal or financial information-about you, your friends or family.
Before disposing of your computer, remove all traces of your personal data.
Keep yourself informed about the latest online safety and security risks.