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Stay safe online

Stay safe online

Use the latest OS (Operating System) – The most recent OS is generally the safest. Microsoft’s Windows 10 is their most up-to-date OS, and anything earlier should really be upgraded. Don’t forget that free software updates are issued all the time. Take advantage of these and update regularly.

Install security software – The main threats to your online security are hackers, viruses and spyware, (this last one is a programme that may be used to log your credit card details). Ideally you should have a firewall, plus antivirus and anti-spyware software as an absolute minimum. You really need all three, because individually they won’t protect you against every attack. Be sure to update them regularly.

Online Security

Ditch the SPAM! – As far as possible don’t open anything you think is SPAM. Use ‘disposable’ email addresses for registrations on sites with which you’re unfamiliar and use SPAM filter software.

Wi-Fi Wisdom – Wireless networks can offer an easy way for people to eavesdrop on your PC. Because they use radio waves, anyone within range can pick up the signal, making them a target for hackers who could be after your financial details, as well as freeloading unauthorised users who might piggyback your signal to access your broadband connection. Use an up-to-date router. Make sure you rename your network to make it more difficult to find, create a unique password and always turn on the encryption.

Backup! Backup! Backup! Just in case. Back all your data up regularly, and from time to time check the backups.

 

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