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Install and regularly update security software on your computer and handheld devices. Anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall products can all help keep you safe while online.
By installing anti-virus, anti-spyware and firewall security software on your computer and enabling regular, automatic updates, you can help to keep your computer protected against external attacks by viruses, worms or hackers. These products are also available for smartphones and tablets through your platform’s app store. There are free and low-cost options available and a free trial of security software is usually offered with a new computer or software purchase. If you activate these, take note of the expiry date and ensure that you renew the subscription before it expires.
Although installing reputable anti-virus software and keeping it updated should protect you against most known viruses, you need to be cautious about not opening emails, email attachments or files on your system of unknown origin. Even if you know the sender, it is a good idea to always scan files for viruses before opening them. Only install software that is received from a trusted source and is published by a trusted software vendor. If you choose to install free security applications available on the internet, we recommend you seek guidance from an IT professional to ensure you are choosing reputable applications.
Spyware collects personal information from your computer without your consent and is usually installed without your knowledge. This can occur when you click on a helpful pop-up message, but a lot of spyware is bundled and automatically installed with some free software packages.
It is essential that any computer connected to the internet is protected by a firewall to ensure the security of your financial transactions and computer. A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who may try to steal or delete information from your computer.
If you are using a combined modem/router, or any type of internet or broadband router you should review the documentation that came with the device and familiarise yourself with the configuration page. Usually the configuration page can be easily accessed by typing the device's IP address available from their documentation, into your web browser's address bar. Many of these devices have a built-in firewall which is often disabled by default. By enabling the built-in firewall, you will be better protected against manual and automated attacks on your computer system.
Look for the padlock at the bottom of your screen which helps to protect the information you send via the internet. Look for reputable internet merchants or stores—anyone can set up a website, so if you are unsure of the company or their online security then ask for more information before you use their service. Ensure the computer you use has current anti-virus and firewall protection. Make copies of online receipts to make it easier to check your statement.