Tips for protecting your computer

March 25, 2020

Tips for protecting your computer

• Use a firewall

Please note that Windows 10 and Windows 8 have a built-in firewall and automatically turn it on.

• Keep all software up to date

Make sure that Automatic Updates is turned on in Windows Update to keep Windows, Microsoft Office and other Microsoft applications up to date. Also turn on automatic updates for non-Microsoft software, especially browsers, Adobe Acrobat Reader, and other applications you use often.

• Use antivirus software and keep it up to date

If running Windows 10 or Windows 8, Windows Security or Windows Defender Security Center is already installed on the device.

• Make sure your password is protected

To learn how, see Protecting Passwords.

• Do not open suspicious attachments or click abnormal links in messages.

They can appear in emails, tweets, posts, online ads, messages or attachments, and sometimes masquerade as known trusted sources.

• Safely browse the web

Avoid visiting websites that provide potentially illegal content. Many of these sites install malware or provide downloads that include malware. Using a modern browser like Microsoft Edge, it can help block malicious websites and prevent malicious code from running on your computer.

• Keep away from pirated materials

Avoid streaming or downloading movies, music, books or applications from unreliable sources.

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