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Keeping your devices secure

Find out how to protect your personal devices from viruses and malware.

Set up a password or PIN

Usually, the first thing you should do when setting up a new device is to protect it with a password or PIN. This not only protects it from physical unauthorised access but from remote access as well. If you have not protected your device yet, please set up a strong password or PIN.

Keep your software up to date

The most important way of keeping your device safe is by making sure your Operating System and software are up to date.

You should always try to keep all your applications up to date, especially your web browser

Protect your device with antivirus software

To protect your device from most viruses and malware you need to install antivirus software, for example Windows Defender for Windows 10 devices.

Turn on your device's firewall

To protect yourself from others trying to connect to your computer with malicious intent you need to make sure that your firewall is turned on at all times.