Today, more and more people are using their computers for everything from
communication to online banking and investing to shopping.
As we do these things on a more regular basis, we open ourselves up to potential
hackers, attackers and crackers. While some may be looking to phish your personal
information and identity for resale, others simply just want to use your computer as a
platform from which to attack other unknowing targets.
Below are a few easy, cost-effective steps you can take to make your computer more
secure to begin with:
1. Always make backups of important information and store in a safe place
separate from your computer.
2. Update and patch your operating system, web browser and software
frequently. If you have a Windows operating system, start by going to
www.windowsupdate.microsoft.com and running the update wizard. This
program will help you find the latest patches for your Windows computer.
Also go to www.officeupdate.microsoft.com and locate possible patches for
your Office programs.