Safeguard your computer

Follow these best practices to safeguard your computer and and help prevent identity theft.
  • Update your operating system and virus protection regularly.
  • Don’t download files sent from strangers or posted on social media.
  • Confirm that your computer's firewall is enabled.
  • Check for a green "lock" icon in the address bar of your web browser before logging in or submitting information to a website. This indicates that the website you are using is secure.
  • When using a public computer, be sure to log out of your accounts and websites when you are finished.
  • Use a strong password for your computer and for online accounts that is a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Use your mobile device's security features, including encryption, passcodes, and fingerprint or facial-recognition sensors.

Avoiding phishing

Don’t respond to unsolicited emails that ask for personal information, even if they appear to come from a bank or other business. Thieves can replicate emails and websites from legitimate companies to try to trick you into revealing your personal information.

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