Soon I will be going into even more depth about each of the below topics and describing how you can better improve online safety for yourself and your family. If you do nothing else whilst on this site read the section below titled Protection and Prevention.
Operating systems should be kept up to date with automated updates that fix issues. This is good for performance, but also good for security.
Many different varieties of anti-virus software are available. Some cost money every year, some are free. Most deliver a reasonable level of protection. Some come as a package that include a collection of online security tools. I’ll discuss the pros and cons and how some can work well together.
Often, without even knowing it you have 2 or 3 firewalls protecting your online adventures. Your computer will likely have one (more likely if the computer is newer), your router will have one and also your software provider (if they are one of the top 5) will also maintain a firewall / filter of their own in the hope of protecting you.
Internet Service Provider Protection Filters
I’ll be going over online security offerings by these two providers and be providing links to others.
Setting up internet security and making things safer for your family with TalkTalk HomeSafe.
TalkTalk provide lots of resources for learning about online safety.
Use BT’s online safety technology to help strengthen your online and offline security. It’s quite clear BT are at the forefront of Internet Service Provider personal and family protection. They have a wide variety of tools and advice.
As well as online security, I’d advise you to follow my technical survival plan for all areas of computing and gadgets.
You need to try and foster Security Aware Behaviour.
Phone – Caller pretends you have an issue with your PC and tries to convince you to hand over control, so they can ‘fix it’ remotely. – Put the phone down.
Email – Messages arrive saying you need to confirm or login to sort out some issue or collect money. – Do not click on any links in the email and delete it.
If you feel anxious or concerned about an email, a phone call or something odd happening on your computer here’s what I want you to do… call me FOR FREE and I will tell you within 30 seconds if what you are describing is a scam, fraudulent or likely virus or malware. I will also point you in the direction of options to move on or fix.
I enjoy helping people move forward with technology that is blocking their progress. I upgrade and repair computers in the Stamford area (UK) as well as build & manage websites & improve search results for clients worldwide. I have a serious tea addiction and often try to distract myself with a biscuit.