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New Year’s resolutions for your computer

Which urges consumers to secure their PCs

Online security

If a web address starts with https, the site is secure


Which? Computing is urging computer users to make keeping their computer, and information safe, their number one resolution for 2009.

With that in mind here are our top tips for securing your PC:

1. Backup
Your computer’s information is more valuable than the PC itself, to keep it safe make sure that you backup regularly. There’s plenty of software available to help you do this. We also recommend that you invest in an external hard drive.

2. Secure your computer
Good security software is the key to securing your computer. You’ll find our pick of the best security suites and free software, here.

3. Protect your online identity
Your identity is worth thousands to identity thieves. For top tips on how to protect yours including how to delete cookies, and your internet history read our report, here.

4. Beware online scams
Organised criminal use phishing scams to steal your credit card details and empty your bank account. Avoiding these scams is easy. We’ll also tell you how to tell whether a website is secure.

5. Set a restore point
A Windows Restore Point is an easy way to take a snapshot of your computer. In the event, that a new program causes problems it’s easy for your to roll back the clock to a time when your PC was working perfectly.

6. Shop safely
Looking to bag an online bargain in the New Year? Don’t start shopping until you’ve read our guide to shopping safely.

7. Password protect
Ensure that you have a strong password to protect your computer, online bank account, webmail and other sensitive accounts such as social networking sites.

8. Wireless networks
A wireless network gives you the freedom to work when you want from any room in the house, or even the bottom of the garden. However, left unsecured a wireless router is a security risk. Read our guide to securing your network.

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