Device protection

Keep your computer’s software up-to-date and watch out for bugs!

Keep software up to date

Using the latest software version makes your computer more secure. Always register your software for support - and subscribe to alert and update services.

Install anti-virus software

Internet viruses are bad news. They steal personal information, can take over your PC or even use your computer to attack other people’s. An up-to-date anti-virus software should protect you against all of them.

There are many effective anti-virus software programs to choose from – both paid for and free – ask someone you trust what they use or do your research on the internet. Set the software to scan files when you access them – and to download updates when you go online.

And don’t forget, anti-virus software isn’t just for computers, so make sure any other devices you use for surfing the web are also protected.

Watch out for spyware

Spyware is a form of online spying – done by programs that hide in your computer and invade your privacy. They collect data about you and send it out without your permission. You can stop spyware getting onto your device by installing anti-spyware software – to be effective, it needs to be kept up-to-date.

Use a firewall

A firewall is a piece of software that acts as a barrier between your computer and the internet to block unauthorised access. You might have firewalls built into your computer system – or included in an internet security software package, so check before downloading anything else. Keeping firewall software up to date will protect your computer from the latest security threats.

Make your wireless network secure

If you're planning to use a wireless network to access the internet, follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to set it up securely with encryption and access controls.