What are hackers and snoops?
Hackers and snoops are people who try to get your personal information like credit card numbers and passwords by getting into your computer remotely. They may also try to get social insurance numbers and other important information so they can commit fraud.
Hackers get into your computer using viruses and specialized software, but they may also get access by simply looking over your shoulder in a public place.
How to protect yourself:
- Update your software and operating system: Upgrades have the latest technology which can make them more secure and worth the investment to stay up to date.
- Firewall: Ensure that you have an up-to-date network firewall and that the firewall that is part of your laptop’s operating system is also running and up to date
- Anti-virus: Keep your anti-virus software up to date and consider regular scans for spyware and malware.
- Maintain security: Two-way Firewall and Anti-Virus are always up to date as part of Bell Internet Security services McAfee Security from Bell, which is included with all Bell Internet packages.
- Choose strong passwords you can remember without writing them down. Mix upper and lower-case letters with numbers and, if possible, symbols.
- Review your credit card and bank statements, and log in regularly to your accounts to check the activity.