Make Computer Security One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Exercise more. Floss daily. Remember anniversary this year. Something’s missing… computer security! Your list of resolutions isn’t complete until you add “update my security software” and “protect my passwords” to the mix. Don’t worry, it’s not time consuming. Protecting yourself from scammers, hackers, and identity thieves is definitely something you’ll want to do this year.

So, here’s what you can do. Take a few minutes to check that your security software is up-to-date. The bad guys are constantly finding new ways to attack your computer — you don’t want them to get to yours. If you don’t have security software, you can find it for free from well-known companies. And if you set your software, internet browser, and operating system to update automatically, you can spend your extra time fulfilling some of your other resolutions.

Speaking of other resolutions… are you still using the same password from 1999? It's time for a change. Follow these tips when creating your new passwords:

  • Don’t use your name or birthdate — try to be unpredictable
  • Make your password at least 10 to 12 characters long, and use a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters
  • Don’t use the same password for multiple accounts
  • Keep your passwords in a secure place, and don’t share them with anyone — especially over the phone, in texts, or by email

See? That wasn’t so bad. Do these simple things, and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes with checking something off your list of resolutions!

Comments

thank you

this identity theif has cost me years of my life, my reputation,legal status, relationships, finances... been homeless for 6 years due to ID theft - it's still going on.... will i ever be free? when they are using dark arts, what chance do i have?

Thank you for your advice. I kept changing my passwords but criminals soon figure it out. I am aware of ID theft, scams, and phishing all the time. I am prepared for the challenge.

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Thank you !!!!

thank you for this valuable information.

thanks, this really helps. I have had the same password for years, and i think its time for a change. I will make sure all my friends know about this too.

thank you so much i learned alot from this and i will be wise and make sure my passwords arent the same for every account and that there not easy for people to figure out

I change my password every week because of hackers. thanks for the advice of where to find security software.

My computer was hacked, all of my emails were deleted from yahoo and people are getting msgs from me.

Strictly follow above method in every month,coz some one had already hacked once my account.Heused mine email id and send me a mail related to virus alert and when I have clicked that link my account gone hacked.but soon I recovered my account,later I found its family virus.This kind of fake is special designed and created by hackers aiming to rip off your money easily.be aware before clicking any virus alert link.

where do you find the best security software saw your blog

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