Laptops and computers store a lot of important information, like photos, documents, and contact information. With information adapted from Get Cyber Safe, here are some easy tips to keep your device secure so your personal info doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

5 easy tips to keep your laptop secure

  1. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Set up the software so it scans your computer at least once a week.
  2. Do the updates. Always accept updates when your computer prompts you and turn automatic updates on wherever they’re available. You can also set a convenient time, such as when you’re sleeping, for software patches and critical updates that are pending.
  3. Make your browser secure. Keep it up-to-date and use the drop-down menu on your browser to choose settings that are as secure as possible. Don’t forget to clear your cache and sign out of accounts when you are done using them.
  4. Be a cautious downloader. Be careful what you download – let your anti-virus software do its job and scan files before you download them. Try to only download content from trustworthy sites.
  5. Make a strong password. Give your computer or laptop a strong log-in password and lock it when you’re not around. Learn more about passwords from Get Cyber Safe. You can also lock any files you don’t want other people to see.

What are some of your tips for keeping your laptop or computer safe? Share them with us in the comments.

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