Personal Computer Security Checklist

As a computer owner and user, it’s important to manage your safety as there are various threats that could harm your computer and steal your personal information. Take a look at this helpful checklist to ensure you are using your computer safely and with security in mind:  

  1. Install anti-virus and anti-malware software.

Hackers are always trying to get their hands on your private data. Viruses and malware are likely to find their way onto your hard drive if you aren’t actively protecting your computer against them. Luckily, with an efficient anti-virus and anti-malware program, they’ll do routine checks and prevent any breaches or alert you to any concerns so that you can use your computer without much worry.  

  1. Update your operating system.

Make sure update alerts are enabled on your computer, and be sure to install the update when it’s released so it stays working as best as possible.  

  1. Actively protect yourself against phishing scams. 

Phishing scams are always lurking around trying to steal your information and identity. Protect yourself by never sharing your personal information and passwords with any untrusted site or in emails from unknown sources. 

  1. Clear your private data from your web browsers.

Web browsers will store information on the websites you visit. Take a moment periodically to clear this information based on instructions for that web browser, or even set up a function that will automatically do it for you. Also, never save your passwords, especially ones that access private data, in your web browser. 

  1. Use strong passwords.

Keep out hackers by creating a strong password with a minimum of eight characters and using a mix of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Be mindful as well of how often you repeat your passwords!

  1. Only download and install software from reputable sources. 

Malware can be disguised as or bundled with legitimate software, so be sure to only download software from sources you can honestly trust. 

  1. Only visit reputable websites.

Clicking on websites and links from sources you don’t know can also be dangerous, so mind where you click and the sites you visit. 

  1. Make sure your firewall is turned on. 

Most computers will have a firewall built-in that blocks any unauthorized access, so be sure it is always turned on, and it’s up-to-date. 

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