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Top 5 Secure Computing Tips

Tip 1 – You are a target of hackers
Don’t ever say, “It won’t happen to me.” We are all at risk and the stakes are high – both for your personal and financial well-being.
Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility.
By following the secure computing tips below and remaining vigilant, you are doing your part to protect yourself and others.

Tip 2 – Keep software up-to-date
Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices:
Turn on Automatic Updates for your operating system.
Use web browsers such as Chrome or Firefox that receive frequent, automatic security updates.
Make sure to keep browser plug-ins (Flash, Java, etc.) up-to-date.

Tip 3 – Avoid Phishing scams – beware of suspicious emails and phone calls
Phishing scams are a constant threat – cyber-criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID and password, and banking or credit card information.
Phishing scams can be carried out by phone, text, or through social networking sites – but most commonly by email.
Be suspicious of any official-looking email message or phone call that asks for personal or financial information.

Tip 4 – Be careful what you click
Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. These sites often host malware that will automatically install (often silently) and compromise your computer.
If attachments or links in the email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it.

Tip 5 – Never leave devices unattended
The physical security of your devices is just as important as their technical security.
If you need to leave your laptop, phone, or tablet for any length of time – lock it up so no one else can use it.
For desktop computers, lock your screen or shut down the system when not in use.

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