General PC Security
When using our USB Flash or hard drive versions please ensure you use a secure password and select encryption when you first set-up each product.
If a new program tries to install itself or you make changes to the operating system you will be asked for your password. Ensure that you really want to install that piece of software. Any software that is in the software catalog can be regarded as being safe. Think twice before installing proprietary software.
Use secure passwords with a mix of letters, numbers and preferable lower and upper case of 8 or more characters in length. The longer the better.
Create different passwords for different functions. A simple password is OK for general websites and where you are not doing banking or credit card transactions. Use different more complex passwords for each website where having your information stolen would cause you financial loss or inconvenience.
By using different passwords if one is compromised your other accounts are still secure.
Try not to use links to go to websites where you carry out financial transactions.
It is far better to type in the name of the website or click on a bookmark/favorite that you have previously typed in than say click on a link from an email you receive or a website you just came across whilst browsing. Links can appear to take you to the correct place but it may be a fake website. Type in your details and you could be giving them to criminals.
Make sure you use WPA or WPA2 encryption on your wireless network andremember the encryption key you use. This will be needed when you connect any notebook or device to your WiFi network.