Guide

Protecting your computer and devices online

Last updated: 16 January 2017

Overview

To stay safe online you should protect your computer and mobile devices against 'malware' and fraud.

There is no single way of doing this. But common advice includes:

  • using strong passwords
  • installing software updates
  • using firewalls and security software
  • using secure Wi-Fi connections
  • safely disposing of computers and devices

Malware

'Malware' is software that:

  • disrupts computers and devices
  • steals sensitive or confidential information
  • spies on users

You can find more advice on the Get Safe Online website about different types of malware, including:

Protecting your computer and devices online
Overview