It’s a digital world we live in. These days, sharing information online has become the rule, not the exception. Computer Security Day is November 30, but protecting yourself and your computer from outside threats is important to do year-round. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Use a firewall.
A firewall protects your computer from others on the Internet. Some computers have firewalls built in, so make sure it’s on. If you use a router to connect to the Internet, you may already have a hardware firewall guarding your computer against outsiders.
2. Install anti-virus software.
Viruses are tricky. Some can sidestep a firewall and settle on your computer anyway. But don’t worry. Anti-virus programs can prevent many viruses from infecting your computer, and they remove many of those that manage to get through. Just make sure your anti-virus software stays up to date — new viruses are cropping up every day.
3. Create strong passwords.
The best passwords don’t follow a pattern. That means real words and names are out of the question. Instead, come up with a random series of numbers, symbols and letters (both upper case and lower case). And of course, never share your passwords with anyone.
4. Lock it up.
It’s important to protect your physical computer, too. If you can, stow it in a locked location when not in use. Also, by setting up a login password, you may be able to provide an additional level of security for the information stored on your computer.
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