Follow the tips below to help keep your devices secure:
Protect your computer
Install anti-virus software to protect your computer from viruses that may damage your data and allow others to gain access. Set your anti-virus software to update automatically to ensure you have the latest protections.
Set your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc.) and operation system (Windows, Mac OS, etc.) to receive automatic updates from the developer. Browser and operating system updates often include patches which help ensure the security of your systems.
Be wary of what cookies you accept on your web browser. When you surf the web, hundreds of data points are being collected by the sites you visit. This data is compiled to create a “digital profile” which can be sold without your consent.
firewall protection, which helps block external access to your computer, is always turned on.
Double check the web address to be sure you are not providing your personal or financial information to anyone malicious. A simple typo can help identify a fake website.
Protect your mobile device
Enable automatic updates on your mobile devices. Having the latest version of your operating system and applications helps reduce the exposure of software vulnerabilities.
Never leave your mobile devices unattended and always lock your device with a password to restrict access in case it's ever lost or stolen. You can also enable the “time-out” or “auto-lock” feature to secure your smart device when there’s no activity for a certain period of time.
Be cautious when downloading apps from unknown developers, especially when they are outside the United States. If the app turns out to be malicious, you will have more protection when dealing with US-based developers.