Whatever you use the internet for it is vital that you take a few basic steps to ensure that your computer is protected against the latest threats. Just as you protect your house with locks on windows and doors and maybe also a burglar alarm, it is essential that you protect your computer by using up-to-date anti-virus software, doing regular scans of your computer to check for viruses, installing a personal firewall as well as the latest security updates for your web browser and operating system.
The three essential steps to protect your computer are:
- Use anti-virus software and keep it up-to-date on a regular basis.
- Install and learn how to use a personal firewall.
- Download the latest security updates (or patches) for your web browser and operating system.
Most operating systems and internet browsers already come with various security features such as firewalls, automatic security updates and website filters. It is highly recommended that you enable these security features. You should also consider installing additional security tools, designed to provide your computer with extra protection, such as anti-spyware and browser security software. None of these tools alone can guarantee 100% protection all of the time but together they will considerably reduce the chances of your computer becoming infected and fraudsters capturing your sensitive information