Use this 9-point checklist to keep your computer and personal device protected against digital viruses and other malware.

  1. Use up to date anti-virus software, keep virus definitions up-to-date, and run regular scans.
  2. Keep your operating system up to date – You can set your computer to receive automatic updates and use the latest version available for web browsers.
  3. Backup the information on your computer and devices at least weekly.
  4. Be cautious when surfing the internet and only visit known, legitimate websites.
  5. Set up multifactor authentication for your personal email and financial accounts.
  6. Be aware of emails asking you to click on links, open attachments or for personal and financial information.
  7. Restart your computer (by turning it off and back on) on a weekly basis.
  8. Use strong passwords that are easy to remember but hard to guess. It takes hours to guess an 8-character password and it takes 200 years to break a 12-character password. Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters and passphrases. For example:
    • Be77yCr@ckerL!kes2C instead of Betty Crocker likes to cook.
    • SBCh@mps!52 instead of Super Bowl Champions.
  9. Remember your mobile devices
    • Use a password or pin to lock your phone when not in use.
    • Install antivirus software. Mobile devices can and often do get viruses.
    • Download apps only from your device’s app store (PlayStore, AppStore).
    • Keep devices up to date by accepting system updates when they become available on the device.