Keep Your Information Safe
New computer viruses are created daily and used to expose security holes in your computer's operating system and software. Viruses can affect your computer's ability to operate correctly and even allow outside sources to access the information stored in your hard drive or in your personal settings, including sensitive personal information.
Updates are created and issued frequently to protect your computer as new viruses are developed. It is important to install these updates regularly to ensure that your computer is protected.
Maintain Your Computer's Security
The following tips can help you protect your computer from intrusive viruses and spyware.
- Be sure that your web browser is up-to-date. An updated browser will enhance your web browsing experience and be more secure. Click the link below to go to your browser's website:
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Update your TLS (Transport Layer Security) settings to TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2.
To do this, select Tools > Internet options > Advanced. Scroll down to locate the TLS settings near the bottom. Uncheck "TLS 1.0" and check the "TLS 1.1" and/or "TLS 1.2" boxes. Click Apply and OK. Close and reopen your IE browser.
- TLS is a security setting that encypts information on a secure site, ensuring that no third-party can see or interfere with the information transmitted between you and the website you're visiting. TLS 1.0 is becoming quickly outdated with browser support in decline. By updating your TLS settings to TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2, you're staying up-to-date with the latest security protocols.
- Be sure to update your security settings.
- Install anti-virus, anti-spyware, and firewall protection software.
- Check for updates for your software frequently. Enable automatic updates for your operating system and protection software whenever possible to ensure that your software is updated as the updates are released.
- Don't open email attachments if you don't know what they are. Viruses can send an email that appears to be from a trusted contact when it actually contains a virus meant to compromise your computer.
- Password-protect documents that contain sensitive information, such as account numbers, passwords, and card numbers.