Privacy & Security
Protect Your Computer
Antivirus SoftwareAntivirus software detects and responds to various types of malware (malicious software), including viruses, worms and other programs designed to damage or disrupt a computer. Protect your computer by doing the following:
- Install antivirus software on your computer.
- Keep your Antivirus software license and signature files current.
- Only open email and attachments from known senders.
- If you receive an attachment from someone you do not know or are not expecting, do not open it. Delete it.
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Anti-Spyware software protects against a type of malware (malicious software) called spyware. Spyware monitors a user’s computer activity, collects information about a user without his or her knowledge, and then provides that information to a third party. Protect your computer by doing the following:
- Install Anti-Spyware software on your computer.
- Keep your Anti-Spyware software license current.
- Read software agreements to understand exactly what applications are being installed on your computer.
- Only download items from the Internet from trusted sources.
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Firewalls are systems that help prevent unauthorized access to or from a computer. Protect your computer by doing the following:
- Check your operating system to verify that your firewall is turned on.
- If you don’t have a firewall, install one.
- Use a firewall in conjunction with Antivirus and Anti-Spyware software.
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Software Updates are necessary when companies identify application errors or weaknesses in their software or system that require stronger security protections
- Check your computer operating system’s automatic update settings to ensure you’re receiving updates.
- Check your software programs for updates that may be available in the “Help” menu or on the software vendor’s Web site.
- Pay attention to pop-up messages within a program: these may be notices of available software updates.
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