Best Practices for Internet Security

How can I improve my computer’s security?

  • Apply software updates and enable automatic updates.
  • Install and use antivirus software.
  • Enable and configure your firewall.
  • Remove unnecessary software.
  • Modify unnecessary default features.
  • Operate under the principle of least privilege.
  • Secure your web browser.
  • Secure your router.
  • Use caution with email attachments and untrusted links.
  • Create strong passwords.

How can I shop safely online?

  • Create and maintain your online shopping accounts safely
  • Establish a strong password for each online shopping account.
  • Use different passwords on each of your online accounts.
  • Check out as a guest to avoid saving payment information online
  • Use one credit card online or pay through a secure online mechanism.
  • Use well-known online retailers that have an established reputation for cybersecurity.
  • Look for the lock symbol at the top of your browser or “https” in your URL bar.
  • Never shop or log in to personal accounts when on public Wi-Fi or a public device.
  • Do not leave your browser open on a shopping site for long periods of time.
  • Keep your devices up-to-date. Always apply updates to your devices and software when they are available.

What is the best way to avoid a malware infection?

  • Update and patch your devices and software.
  • Never click suspicious or untrusted links.
  • Only download from trusted sources.
  • Backup your data and be sure the backups are good!
  • Use antivirus and other protective software on your device.
  • Configure your devices with some security in mind.