Make sure you have the latest security updates and patches installed.
Here are some guidelines on how you can check for patches and updates:
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In addition to your computer software, other programmes that you may use frequently also need updating. The programme you use to look at websites is called a web browser.
You should update your web browser regularly:
There are several browsers to choose from and they are all free. If you have updated your computer regularly, it is likely that you are already running the fastest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Safari (for Apple users).
Viruses are programmes that steal personal information, take over your PC, pop up unwanted adverts and they can even use your computer to attack other people’s computers. You may also hear them called malware, trojans, or adware. Anti-virus software protects you against all of them.
When you instal anti-virus software:
There are many anti-virus programmes available, both free and for purchase, and you can select one that fits your needs.
Spyware is the term used to describe programmes that run on your computer for the purpose of monitoring and recording the way in which you browse the web and the internet sites you visit. Spyware is often loaded onto a PC as part of a free download of another service - for example a service that claims to improve the performance of your PC. Sometimes your agreement to the download is requested in the small print, but spyware may also be loaded onto your PC without your agreement or knowledge.
Here’s why you should instal anti-spyware:
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