PC owners who have a computer or tablet that is vulnerable to being hacked should keep it at home and protect themselves from online attacks by keeping it locked down, according to an advisory published by the National Cyber Security Center.
The National Cybersecurity Center, which manages the U.S. government’s threat intelligence program, said Thursday that it recommends locking down all the PCs of its customers and setting up secure web browsing, email and file sharing.
The center said it would update its recommendations over the next few weeks as more details become available.
It also suggested using a different method of payment than the standard debit or credit card.
That way, you would not be able to transfer your funds to another person using the same method.
The advisory recommends setting up a secure firewall and a “secure login.”
It also recommended installing anti-virus software and not opening attachments on your device.
If you do not have a firewall or have not set up a firewall, you can still use the browser to access websites, according the advisory.
But it warns that the use of insecure web browsing or email is not recommended.
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