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We are all constantly plugged in to our computers and mobile devices. More so now than ever before. Since we trust these devices with our personal information, it is vital to know how to best protect yourself and your information from being compromised.

In honor of Computer Security Day on November 30, read the below tips to make sure your computer is safe and secure.

  • Keep Your Computer Updated. Ensure you have the latest security software, web browser and operating system. This is a great defense against viruses, malware and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest security features as they become available.
  • Set Strong Passwords. Ensure it is at least eight characters in length and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
  • Be Aware of and Look Out for Phishing Scams. Phishing scams use fraudulent emails and websites to trick users into disclosing private account or login information. Do not click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from unfamiliar sources.
  • Use Flash Drives Cautiously. Putting your flash drive (sometimes called a thumb drive) in a computer that is infected could corrupt the drive, and ultimately your computer.
  • Close Your Browser When You’re Done Working. Delete the cache, history and passwords each time. Also, turn off your computer. Being “always on” leaves you connected to the crooks. Turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection.
  • Do Not Divulge or Share Personal Information on Social Media.  Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc. Be wary of requests to connect from people you do not know.
  • Secure Your Internet Connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, be cautious about what information you are sending over it.
  • Keep Your Firewall Turned On. A firewall puts a protective barrier between your computer and the Internet. Turning it off for even a minute increases the risk that your PC will be infected with malware.
  • Be Careful What You Download. Careless downloading can beat even the most vigilant anti-virus/anti-malware software. Investigate any free software before downloading.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.