By newseditor, Lavasoft
As the holidays are around the corner and Black Friday sales starting earlier every year, we want to keep our users safe and secure by providing the following online shopping tips:
Is Everything Up-To-Date?
Before you start your online shopping, ensure that your preferred web browser is up-to-date. Most browsers list update information in the Help or About sections of their main menu and updates are a critical component of avoiding the latest security and privacy threats.
Additionally, ensure your operating system is up-to-date and that the latest security updates are downloaded and installed on your system. Most operating systems download and install critical system updates automatically so most users can skip this part. Windows users who’ve disabled this automatic update feature can search for the Windows Update interface. In Windows 7, this is accessible through the Start Menu search bar by typing “Windows Update.” In Windows 8, click the Windows icon on the left corner to open the Start Screen and scroll to the far right and select the magnifying glass icon on the top right corner and search for Windows Update. Select “Check for updates” or “Check Now” depending on the respective operating system to verify that your version is up-to-date.
Check your antivirus software – are the latest virus definitions and updates installed? The user interface of your antivirus program should indicate whether additional updates are required.