How to Protect Yourself from Online Fraud
Always Keep Your Firewall Turned On:
Firewalls can help protect your computer by preventing hackers or malicious software from gaining access to it.
Install or Update Your Antivirus Software:
Antivirus software is designed to prevent malicious software programs from embedding on your computer. If it detects malicious code, like a virus or a worm, it works to disarm or remove it. Viruses can infect computers without users' knowledge. Most types of antivirus software can be set up to update automatically.
Install or Update Your Antispyware Software:
Antispyware software can help protect your computer from spyware and other potentially unwanted software.
Keep Your Operating System Up to Date:
Computer operating systems are periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes. Be sure to install the updates to ensure your computer has the latest protection.
Turn Off Your Computer:
With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action. The downside is that being "always on" renders computers more susceptible. Beyond firewall protection, which is designed to fend off unwanted attacks, turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker's connection.
Never Open or Respond to unknown emails:
Just by opening an email, the sender can be notified of the validity of your email.
Never click on links embedded with an email:
Links within emails can direct may direct users to phished website or install files that may spread malicious software.
Never open attachments without prior notification:
Attachments may contain malicious software or viruses that may be installed on a computer without the user's knowledge