You can help protect your computer, smartphone and tablet by:
- installing updates to software and operating systems
- using a firewall and security software
Doing this will help protect your money online. And it's important you have this software and any updates installed before you bank or buy things online.
Installing updates to your software and operating system can help keep you safe from:
- criminal activities
Software and app updates contain security updates to help protect your devices from online threats. This means it's important to install them as soon as possible to help keep your devices secure.
You can find guidance on installing the latest software and app updates on the National Cyber Security Centre website.
You can find more advice on the Get Safe Online website about:
A firewall is a type of software that can help protect your computer, smartphone or tablet from:
- a hacker
You can find more advice about firewalls on the Getsafeonline.org website.
Internet security software
Internet security software is sometimes called 'antivirus software' and 'antispyware'.
It can protect your computer, smartphone or tablet by scanning:
- incoming emails for attached viruses
- files to make sure they're not infected
- USB devices, for example memory sticks, external hard drives, MP3 players
You can find more advice on internet security software and how to protect your computer from viruses on the Get Safe Online website.
If you think your PC, tablet or phone has been infected with a virus or malware, you can follow the National Cyber Security Centre guidance on how to recover an infected device.
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