In addition to installing a free, robust antivirus program on all your online devices, AVG recommends the following simple steps to minimize the risk of fraudulent charges, identity theft and personal data loss:
- Use one credit card with a low spending limit for all online purchases.
Monitor this account regularly, and flag any inappropriate activity immediately to the bank or lending institution.
- Change passwords regularly.
Use variations for each online account, and never, ever share them with others.
- Back up data!
Back up data on computers with external hard drives or a cloud-based solution.
- Protect data on the go.
The more personal information is shared via mobile devices, the more hackers will target these tools.
- Be wary of phishing scams.
Never click on links in emails from banks, or other financial institutions – go directly to their URL and enter your log-in information from their homepage.
You can always download AVG Internet Security 2013 for free which can help protect personal data and documents by visiting avg.com