Top Tips to Ensure the Security of Your Account Information Online

June 9, 2022
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Avoid Clicking Suspicious Links and Emails
Do not click on unsolicited pop-ups. Do not open unsolicited or unknown email, and use caution when clicking on links or opening email attachments.

Install Anti-Virus Software
Install personal firewall & anti-virus software on your computer, such as Norton™ Personal Firewall and Norton Antivirus™. Periodically scan your system using spyware detection software, such as McAfee® antispyware™.

Regularly Update Software
Set your operating system software (e.g. Microsoft Windows) to notify you when an update is available. If you are informed that an update or patch is available for any operating system or security software, download and install it. To set this option, refer to your software’s user manual.

Visit your browser’s website regularly to check for updates.
Firefox: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/new/
Chrome: http://www.google.com/chrome/
Safari: http://www.apple.com/safari/
Edge: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/edge

Establish a Secure Wireless Connection
If you are using a wireless network connection, make sure it’s secure by using encryption. Refer to your network’s user manual.

Protect Passwords and Email Addresses
Beware of saving passwords to your computer, especially if you share your computer with others. In addition, avoid using the same password for different websites and logins.

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