Choose passwords that are as long as permitted. Use
combinations of capital and lower case letters, numbers
Change passwords on a regular basis, especially those used
for financial accounts.
Always change passwords by logging into your account via the company's website. Never try to assess a log-in page by clicking on a link in an email.
Install virus protection software and a firewall. Keep all applications updated, preferably automatically.
If you PC seems sluggish for no apparent reason, check for a virus and for spyware. Run a full scan of your system with your updated virus scanning software and do a full check with your anti-spyware software. [A free version of anti-spyware is available from SUPERAntispyware.]
If you want to learn more about threats to your computer, visit the website for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team.
Check out the tips for securing your computer at OnGuardOnline
Lock your computer when not in use.
To learn additional tips and to test your knowledge of Internet security, take our Internet/Security IQ Quiz.