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Tips for Internet Security

Updated: Apr 26

1. Keep the system up-to-date

Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices:

  • Turn on Automatic Updates for your operating system.

  • Use web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox that receive frequent, automatic security updates.

  • Make sure to keep browser plug-ins up-to-date.

2. Always use updated antivirus

Always keep your antivirus up-to-date, Only install programs or softwares from a known and trusted source. Keep virus definitions, engines and software up-to-date to ensure your programs remains effective.

3. Avoid Phishing scams

Phishing scams are a constant threat – using various websites, cyber-criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID and password, banking or credit card information.

  • Phishing scams can be carried out by phone, text, or through social networking sites – but most commonly by email.

  • Be suspicious of any official-looking email message or phone call that asks for personal or financial information.

4. Use strong password always

We all have too many passwords to manage – and it’s easy to take short-cuts, like reusing the same password.  A password manager can help you to maintain strong unique passwords for all of your accounts.  These programs can generate strong passwords for you, enter credentials automatically, and remind you to update your passwords periodically. 

5. Be careful what you click

Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically install (often silently) and compromise your computer. 

If attachments or links in the email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.

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