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- Secure connections: Look for the lock symbol next to your web address. This verifies that you are connected to an HTTPS site, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure site.
- Firewalls and barriers: Firewalls will keep hackers away by literally walling up the door to your information. You can also install anti-virus software, but be careful about your software company choice. Some are more reliable than others – research the supplier before downloading anything.
- Updated passwords: Although it’s tricky to keep track of your passwords, it’s important to keep them updated and strong. Most experts would recommend you change major passwords, like those for online banking, every three months.
- Smart clicking: Viruses are everywhere, and often, it comes down to common sense: If you feel suspicious about a link, don’t click on it.