5 Tips for Security in an Online Environment
Tip #1 - Install antivirus protection
Only install an antivirus program from a known and trusted source. Keep virus protection up-to-date to maximize effectiveness.
Tip #2 - Keep software up to date
Keep all your software updated so you have the latest security patches. This may include turning on automatic updates and setting up regular scans.
Tip #3 - Lookout for the latest scams and suspicious emails
Online threats are evolving all the time, so make sure you know what to look out for. Confirm software downloads are from a reputable, reliable source. Avoid visiting unknown websites or opening attachments from untrusted sources. Email scams will attempt to trick you into getting your personal information. Be suspicious and be aware of emails that ask for personal or financial information.
Tip #4 - Practice good password and data management
Create strong, unique passwords for all your critical accounts. Back up your data regularly. Keep sensitive data secure and securely remove sensitive data files from your system when they are no longer needed using encryption.
Tip #5 Connect and Disconnect Securely
Do not connect your device to an unsecured network. Signing in to online services is necessary when you need to access your personal accounts, but do not forget to sign out.