When using the internet, it’s essential that you protect your computer from common security problems. If your computer isn’t protected, you’re vulnerable to viruses and your computer is at risk. If you want to read more about common security problems search the internet for the following phrases:- virus, trojan, worm and botnets.

It’s also important to be aware of the scams used by fraudsters to find out your personal details online. If you have children and want to make sure they only access parts of the internet that you want them to see, you can use parental control software.

Tips to protect yourself online:

  • Use security software on your computer – McAfee, Norton and Kapersky offer security software which provides protection against viruses. There are also good free options available from Microsoft.
  • Use a firewall – this is a piece of software that creates a barrier between your computer and the internet. Firewalls protect your computer from attacks and track potential and actual threats. Personal firewalls are included with Windows operating systems from XP service pack 2 and above.
  • Keep software up to date – try and make sure you keep your computer software up to date so it's protected against new threats. Windows updates help keep your computer safe, so it's worth turning these on.
  • Be careful with unexpected email attachments – if you’re not sure what an attachment is in an email or on a website, don’t open it and delete it immediately.
  • Don’t download pirated software – pirated software doesn’t come from a trusted source and it’s often used to get hidden viruses onto your computer.
  • Create a strong password – a password with at least eight characters and a mix of letters, numbers and symbols will help to protect your computer.

For more information, visit get safe online or out of your hands.

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