Increasing your safety online

Protecting your computer

You should:
  • Install and activate security software on your computer. Ensure your security software includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall and anti-spam filter.
  • Run regular scans of your computer for viruses.
  • Remember to update your security software to ensure you are always running the current version.

Other steps you should take help protect your computer include:
  • Check your Internet browser's security settings for ways to make your browsing more secure.
  • Do not open email attachments if you do not know the sender.
  • Only download files from reputable Internet sites.
  • Be wary when exchanging files with colleagues or friends.
  • Never click on hyperlinks in emails received from unknown sources.