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The internet is part of everyday life, at home, work and school. It's important to be safe when online and to secure your computers and servers properly, otherwise you may be putting your home finances or business at risk.

If malicious software infects your computer equipment it can corrupt your files and can allow others to access your confidential business information.

You can help reduce the risks by having up-to-date security software installed and activated, securing your internet connections and services and understanding and managing the emails and files you receive or download.

Backing-up your data can also help you recover your information if a virus destroys your files, or if your computer is stolen or damaged.

Find out how to safely:

  • Set and use strong passwords
    • Remembering passwords
  • Protect your email
    • Manage and reduce spam
    • Malware
    • Prevent spyware from getting onto your computer
    • Is your computer infected?
  • Use online telephoning (VoIP)
    • VoIP threats
    • Minimising security threats
  • Back-up your data
    • Comparison of back-up options
    • Frequency and types of back-ups
    • The benefit of multiple back-ups
    • Disaster recovery and back-ups
    • Develop a back-up strategy
  • Share files
    • Sending and receiving files via email
    • Sending and receiving files via portable storage devices
    • Peer-to-peer file-sharing networks
  • Update software
    • Updates for Windows
    • Updates for Apple
    • Updating anti-virus and plugins
    • Updating security software
    • Anti-virus features
  • Secure your internet connection
    • Secure your wireless network
    • Protect your web browser
    • Cookies and security
    • Access security settings on your browser
  • Secure your computers
    • Secure your servers
    • Secure your equipment
    • Firewalls
    • Remotely accessing your network
    • Secure your network
    • Secure your remote access