Computer Security

  • Use up-to-date anti-virus and anti-malware programs and firewalls.
  • Make sure that your operating system and software are current and patched.
  • Back up your data. Ransomware is a growing threat that can be avoided if you have backed up your data.
  • Encrypt sensitive information before storing or sending.
  • Be cautious when using wireless connections and Wi-Fi hotspots.  Most public Wi-Fi is insecure.  Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to create a secure connection.
  • Do not use the same password for multiple accounts. Instead, use strong passwords [3] that are unique to each account. This is particularly important for your most sensitive online accounts.
  • Utilize two-factor authentication when available.
  • Before you donate, sell or discard your computer or device, be sure to securely wipe all personal data.  Deleting files is not enough!