Resolve to help protect your PC

You can help protect yourself and your family from identity theft, fraud, viruses, dangerous email, and more, with these ten New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Keep all software (including your web browser) current with automatic updating.
  2. Install legitimate antivirus and antispyware software, such as Microsoft Security Essentials.
  3. Never turn off your firewall.
  4. Protect your wireless router with a password.
  5. Think before you open attachments or click links in an email message, an instant message (IM), or on a social network, even if you know the sender. Confirm with the sender that the message is legitimate. Learn more about scams.
  6. Before you enter sensitive data, look for signs that the webpage is secure—a web address with https and a closed padlock () beside it are good indications.
  7. Never give sensitive information (like an account number or password) in response to a request in an email message, IM, or on a social network.
  8. Don’t respond to pleas for money from “family members,” deals that sound too good to be true, lotteries you didn’t enter, or other scams.
  9. Make your passwords long phrases or sentences that mix capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Use different passwords for different sites, especially those that keep financial information.
  10. Use our password checker to learn how strong your passwords are.

 

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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4 comments
  1. katherine.moss@gordon.edu

    Those are very good thoughts, and I'll say that I am guilty of crossing sites with a single password or combination of only four or five.  

  2. Anonymous

    Can you please tell me how I can unblock my account as I can't open it?

  3. Anonymous

    trojen :win32/setbov.e any ideas on how to remove it

  4. Anonymous

    thank  you  for  all  the  info  some  i  did  not  know  was  very  helpfull  thanks

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