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Cybercrime prevention can be straightforward. When you're armed with a little technical advice and common sense, you can avoid many attacks. Remember that online criminals are trying to make their money as quickly and easily as possible. The more difficult you make their job, the more likely they are to leave you alone and move on to an easier target. The tips below provide basic information on how you can keep your computer and your identity safe.

1. Keep your computer current with the latest patches and updates.
One of the best ways to keep cyber attackers away from your computer is to apply patches and other software fixes when they become available. By regularly updating your computer, you block attackers from being able to take advantage of software flaws (vulnerabilities) that they could otherwise use to break into your system.

While keeping your computer up to date will not protect you from all attacks, it makes it much more difficult for hackers to gain access to your system, blocks many basic and automated attacks completely, and might be enough to discourage a less-determined attacker to look for a more vulnerable computer elsewhere.

2. Choose strong passwords and keep them safe.
Passwords are a fact of life on the Internet today. We use them for everything from ordering flowers and banking online to logging into our favorite airline website to see how many miles we have accumulated. The following tips can help make your online experiences secure:

  • Select a password that cannot be easily guessed to keep your passwords secure and away from the wrong hands. Strong passwords have eight characters or more and use a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols (e.g., # $ % ! ?).
  • Avoid using any of the following as your password: your login name, anything based on personal information such as your last name, and words that can be found in the dictionary. Try to select especially strong, unique passwords for protecting activities like online banking.
  • Keep your passwords in a safe place and try not to use the same password for every service you use online.
  • Change passwords on a regular basis, at least every 90 days. This can limit the damage caused by someone who has already gained access to your account. If you notice something suspicious with one of your online accounts, one of the first steps you can take is to change your password.

3. Protect your computer with security software.
Several types of security software are necessary for basic online security. Security software essentials include firewall and antivirus programs. A firewall is usually your computer's first line of defense--it controls who and what can communicate with your computer online. You could think of a firewall as a sort of "traffic cop" that watches all the data attempting to flow in and out of your computer on the Internet, allowing communications that it knows are safe and blocking "bad" traffic, such as attacks, from ever reaching your computer.

The next line of defense is your antivirus software, which monitors all online activities and protects your computer from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other types of malicious programs. More recent versions of antivirus programs, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, also protect from spyware and potentially unwanted programs such as adware. Having security software that gives you control over software you may not want and protects you from online threats is essential to staying safe on the Internet. Your antivirus and antispyware software should be configured to update itself, and it should do so every time you connect to the Internet.
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4. Make sure your computer is configured securely.
Keep in mind that a newly purchased computer may not have the right level of security for you.

Configuring popular Internet applications such as your Web browser and email software is one of the most important areas to focus on. For example, settings in your Web browser will determine what happens when you visit websites on the Internet. If you are uncomfortable configuring your computer yourself, consult someone you know and trust for assistance or contact the vendor directly.
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It is crucial to make every effort possible to maintain your computer in order to help your system run smoothly and last as long as possible. Doing so saves time, money and will prevent a tremendous amount of aggravation and an unpleasant experience for you while using your device.

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