Best Practises for Avoiding Computer Viruses and Hacking

Here are our recommendations to help protect your computer and devices against viruses, hacking, malware and other cyber threats.

  1. Use and maintain anti-virus software. This software recognizes and protects your devices against known viruses. It’s important to keep your anti-virus software up to date.
  2. Change your passwords on a regular basis. Make sure your passwords are complex and impossible to guess.
  3. Keep your operating system and application software up to date. Install software upgrades to prevent attackers from exploiting known vulnerabilities in your system.
  4. Do not download attachments or click links from unfamiliar or suspicious email addresses. This is one of the most common ways computers and devices are infected with malware.
  5. Use a firewall.
  6. Do not visit websites that are known distributors of malware. You can also check sites like VirusTotal for risk scores before visiting websites you’re unsure of.