Computer Smarts

Our Computer Smarts section contains answers to frequently asked questions and information to help protect your personal computer.

Online Safety

9 Easy Tips for Your Online Safety

1. Keep your personal information private. Be careful of requests for you to provide personal and/or financial information. Protect your information and remember to not respond to emails or phone calls from people or organizations you do not know, especially when they are asking for confidential information.

2. Do not open an email from people or organizations that seem suspicious. Make sure to never click on a link or attachment in an email that seems suspicious to you.

3. Always log off your computer. Make sure to properly log off and close your browser window. This way others can't see your information later.

4. Protect your PINs and passwords. Remember to never share your passwords with anyone and use ones that are difficult to guess. Make a password that includes a mix of letters and numbers. Make sure to always change your passwords, making it more difficult for others to guess it.

5. Be careful of pop-up windows, many of them will pop-up on your computer screen and request financial or identification information. Be sure not to click any "action" buttons within a suspect pop-up window.

6. Give your computer a health check. Remember to always check the websites of your operating system and web browser vendors for software "patches" and updates. These will help to protect against software vulnerabilities.

7. Be sure to protect your computer using antivirus software. This way you can protect your computer from potentially damaging viruses. Always use up-to-date antivirus software that is capable of scanning files and email messages for viruses.

8. Use personal firewalls. A firewall is important as it creates a protection barrier between your computer and the Internet. It helps protect against malicious attacks and data from entering your computer.

9. Keep your computer updated with security software to protect against unwanted spyware and spam gaining access to your computer.