If your computer is insufficiently protected, it can get infected with malware (a virus) that steals passwords. That’s why we strongly recommend you take the security measures described below. If you have difficulties doing this on your own, you need to consult with a qualified specialist.
Use Up-to-date Licensed Software
Install the licensed versions of operating systems on your computer (for Windows—Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7). Enable automatic installation of updates and strictly follow other recommendations by the manufacturer for keep your computer secure.
Install Anti-virus Software
Use licensed anti-virus software. Keep in mind that hacked anti-virus software won’t be able to download updates from the virus database and new malware will appear daily.
Enable Your Firewall
Use a personal firewall such as Outpost Firewall, ZoneAlarm, or their equivalents. Close all ports and IP-addresses except those you use for incoming and outgoing access.
Check Your Browser Settings
Set your browser to a high security level. Block pop-up windows and enable the phishing filter. Activate the option ‘Open files based on content, not file extension’. Disable the automatic running of programs, scenarios, and unsafe files; disable active content and use of ActiveX management elements, if they are not marked as safe ones
Control Incoming Information
Never click on links from emails (especially if the sender is unknown to you), there are many ways to falsify such links. Instead, enter the URL (website’s address) straight in your browser’s URL field. Don’t open email attachments before examining them for malware.