Tools to Protect Yourself
Security Technology for Consumers
Having the right tools on your computer will go a long way towards helping you to protect your personal and financial information. Every computer you own should have:
A personal firewall that is not only installed but turned on at all times.
An up-to-date operating system. The best way to ensure your operating system is current is to turn on automatic updates.
Antivirus software. After installing your antivirus software, be sure to run and update it regularly. Perform a complete system scan at least weekly.
Anti-spyware software. After installing your anti-spyware software, be sure to run and update it regularly.
An updated and current browser.
Up-to-date versions of all other software on your system.
Strong passwords on all critical Internet applications that are changed at least every 90 days.