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Secure Your Computer

There are some simple steps that you can take to secure your information and drastically reduce your risk of falling victim to online threats.

We recommend using all the following security tools to help protect your personal information anytime you are online. A properly protected computer provides for a safer online experience.

Anti-spyware protection: Make sure your computer has an anti-spyware protection program that detects and removes all forms of spyware, which can steal vital information. Use this program to scan your computer frequently. Many software companies offer software that will protect you from a wide variety of spyware threats, and also will provide customer service in case you have questions. To keep up with any new threats, be sure to keep your anti-spyware program updated.

Anti-virus protection: Make sure your computer has an anti-virus protection program that detects and removes viruses. Software from major providers will protect you from a wide variety of threats, and also will provide customer service in case you have questions. Be sure to always keep your anti-virus program updated.

Firewall: Add a firewall to your computer system. A firewall refers to any of a number of security services that prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to a computer, or that monitor transfers of information to and from the computer.

Operating System & Software Updates: Install all software fixes (sometimes called “patches” or “service packs”) that are made available for your computer programs as soon as possible, especially if the fix addresses a security issue. All programs, such as your Windows, Mac, or Linux operating systems, need to be updated from time to time.

Use a current Web Browser: Newer browsers are being deployed with your security in mind.

Activate a Pop-up Blocker: Install and activate a pop-up blocking tool. Pop-ups can be more than an annoyance, frequently they contain spyware or adware that is installed simply by clicking on them. We recommended closing any pop-up ad immediately by clicking the close button (with the x) in the top right corner of the window.