Protecting your computer and devices online

Last updated: 31 May 2018


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' 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