7 Practices for Safer Computing

Being on guard online helps you protect your information, your computer, even yourself.  To be safer and more secure online, adopt these seven practices:

  1. Protect your personal information.
  2. Know who you’re dealing with.
  3. Use anti-virus software and a firewall, and update both regularly.
  4. Be sure to set up your operating system and Web browser software properly, and update them regularly.
  5. Protect your passwords.
  6. Back up important files. (Save on removable disk, password/encrypt and store in secure location)
  7. Learn who to contact if something goes wrong online.

Visit OnGuardOnline.gov and click on “File a Compliant” to learn how to respond if problems occur when you’re online.