Protect your computer
Protecting your computer by using anti-virus programs and safe internet use is important to ensure digital security. Read more about which steps you can take to make your digital life more secure.
If your computer is not adequately protected against viruses, it is not difficult for a scammer to get a hold of your personal information. Viruses taking over your computer can cause a number of issues. Some may change your personal information, and others might give scammers the opportunity to control your computer remotely. To avoid this, you are advised to install protection programs in the form of firewalls and anti-virus programs.
Ensuring technical protection is not something you only do once. To follow the technical development, you need to update your software continuously. Most computers and softwares enable you to choose automatic updates. Be aware that if someone asks you to close down your security functions to be able to deliver a service, you should not do it.
You should secure your own network and be aware when using public networks. If you are using someone else’s network, for example a public network at a café or airport, your browsing is not private. This means that whoever has access to the wireless router is able to follow all the traffic you are generating. This might be websites you visit, your usernames, passwords and photos and files you upload. This is possible as long as the traffic is not encrypted. It is the same if you are using your neighbour’s network.
The most important thing to be aware of when using wireless networks are the types of websites you are visiting. Only log into sites offering encrypted communication (it is encrypted when the URL starts with https://).