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Protecting Your Computer

Protecting Your Computer

It is essential to take sensible measures to protect your computer from the numerous threats encountered online these days. This should be relatively simple for anyone who can use a computer, and there is ample guidance on this website to help you to do so.

Effective protection will safeguard against your computer being infected with viruses and spyware that could result from your online activities that seem completely harmless – such as searching the internet, downloading, playing games and even using email. In turn, it will safeguard you against potentially serious consequences such as fraud and identity theft

In this section, you will also find valuable advice on how to safeguard your computer against physical theft or loss, and how to back up your data. 

Avoiding Ratting - Remote Access Trojans

Take steps to avoid someone taking over your computer, and your webcam.

Changing wireless passwords/SSIDs

How to change the password & SSID on your wireless router


What a firewall is, and how it protects your computer.


Choosing and using passwords correctly is vital.


Beware malware that holds you to ransom

Replacing Windows XP

Support for Windows XP ended in 2014. Replace it before you get security problems

Safe Internet Use

Some valuable tips on using the Internet safely.

Safe Mac Use

You can’t take online safety for granted. Here’s how to stay protected.

Skype & Other Video Calls

Take care when using video calling/meeting services

Software Updates

Software updates are essential. Find out why and how to install correctly.

Update Your Browser

Update Your Browser

Viruses & Spyware

A basic understanding of computer viruses and spyware.

Windows Updates

Everything you need to know about operating system updates.


Backing up files is easy to do and is essential for protecting data.

Downloading & File Sharing

Simple measures needed to safeguard you when browsing and downloading.

Online Gaming

Online gaming is growing in popularity. Keep it safe & responsible.

Physical Security

A few physical security measures to help combat cybercrime.

Replacing Windows 7

Support for Windows 7 ceased in January 2020. Have you replaced it yet?

Safe Computer Disposal

How to dispose of computer hardware safely.

Safe Linux Use

Advice on how you should use a Linux system safely online.

Searching the Internet

Search the Internet safely with our simple advice.

Social Media Phishing

Clicking on links in unsolicited social media posts can spell danger

Spam & Scam email

A few simple rules about dealing with spam and scam emails.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

The very important difference between company and consumer VPNs


Using the internet to send and receive email safely.

Wireless Networks & Hotspots

Simple rules on setting up and using wireless networks and hotspots.