|Avoid DownloadsMost virus and spyware are transmitted from file downloads. If you download a file from an untrusted site, be sure to scan it for virus content and malware.
If you think a site doesn’t seem quite right then leave and browse elsewhere. Always search through a reputable search engine and be wary of clicking advertisements.
Update Your Antivirus Software
Update the software at least once a week to protect your computer from new threats. If you use the internet regularly then you need to run a virus scan regularly.
Protect Your Internet Connection
If you are using wireless broadband then you need make sure you have a security turned on the router.
Many software programs accesses the internet. Hackers use out dated software to access a computer.
Update Your Browser for Internet Safety
It is a good idea to update your browser as soon as an update is made available to maximize your protection. When browser security issues are identified, vendors move quickly to provide the necessary updates.
You can encrypt files fairly easily. Simply right click the folder and choose properties. Here you can find a variety of protection options.
You should have your computer access itself protected (login/password) and you should have separate passwords for every online account you make. Strong passwords should be a mix of alpha numeric capitals such as 45Te9R7G7 to make it as hard as possible for anyone to break.
Use your firewall to stop people entering your computer system from outside your location. Check the control panel/Windows Firewall.
Posted by DH 1/28/13