The best defense is a team effort
Your home network is a busy place; you and your family use it for personal finance, gaming, social media and personal communication. Keeping it secure is a big part of protecting your privacy and identity. In this section we’ll suggest ways you can protect your personal computing hardware as well as your computer network. It’s all part of helping you create a strong defense against fraudsters and criminals. And, it’ll help you protect all of your online experiences and accounts, not just those you have with us.
Use a personal firewall
Just like anti-virus programs, personal firewalls are a necessity in today’s environment of open kiosks, free Wi-Fi access, etc., to help protect your computer from hackers.
Avoid malware; install anti-malware software
As you browse the Internet, certain web pages may install unwanted programs, cookies, spy programs, etc., to your system. Many of these can perform serious harm to your computer and can give the fraudsters “inside” tools to steal your information. We recommend you install both anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on your computer to help protect you.
Avast is a great anti-virus program and MalwareBytes is recommended for anti-spyware. We strongly encourage you to keep them both up-to-date and scan your system often.
Consider using a "Secure Internet Browser" like Firefox or Chrome
While Internet Explorer is arguably the world’s most popular web browser, that also means the bad guys specifically gear malware to attack it. Consider using a secure web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
Update your system and applications
Just like your car, your computer needs regular tune-ups. Be sure to regularly check for updates and install security patches to ensure your operating system and applications are up-to-date and as secure as possible. Secunia has a good tool to scan, detect and update your computer’s vulnerable programs.
Create strong password
It’s hard to believe it, but one of the most common passwords people select worldwide is "password". Choosing a strong password for any online account is likely the singular most important step you can take to protect yourself.
Stay vigilant; know what to watch for
The bad guys are constantly thinking of new ways to get your information. That means you have to be constantly vigilant and know how to recognize fraud.