Your security

We're sure you'll agree that we all need occasional reminders about basic security - it's not necessarily that we forget, but just that when one's busy, it's easy to get distracted. And then it could be too late.

Tips to enhance your security

To ensure you protect your personal data and minimise any security risks, there are several steps you can take to improve wireless security both at home and when using a public wi-fi hotspot

Install a personal firewall

Firewalls can help prevent unwanted users from accessing your device when you use wireless access to the internet. Some more sophisticated products will even alert you when an attempt is being made. By installing a personal firewall it reduces the ability of attackers to gain access to resources on your computer by allowing only traffic which is authorised by the intended user. Some operating systems include a personal firewall as standard, but it is important to check that the firewall is enabled. Free trial firewalls can be downloaded from the internet before you decide to purchase a full security firewall.

You can buy a firewall at BT Shop. BT Broadband Customers can download BT NetProtect anti-virus and firewall software free of charge.

Secure your personal details

Only input bank and other personal details when Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or HTTPS sessions are in progress (look for the padlock icon in your browser and click on it to confirm that the security certificate is valid).

Turn off file and print sharing

This will help prevent anyone from accessing your hard drive and looking at your files. To do this using Windows XP, go to your Control Panel, click on Network and Dial-Up Connections, find your wireless card, click on the Properties button, and uncheck the File and Print Sharing box to turn it off.

Keep your browser up to date

We recommend that you apply all patches and new versions of your browser software by regularly checking the browser vendor's home page for updates.

Check digital certificates are valid

If your browser software allows you to do so, please ensure that you select the option to display any out of date digital certificates that may be presented by the web sites you are browsing. This allows you to be confident that the web site is actually managed by the organisation or company that it claims to represent.

Internet safety for you and your family

If you want to find out more on how to avoid threats like viruses, how to help make sure your kids are safe at all times, and how to avoid online fraud and the latest scams then please visit our internet safety pages.

You can also follow BT Life, our technology and lifestyle blog, bringing you the latest news and opinions on communications, entertainment, online safety and much more.

We've teamed up with leading online security company McAfee® to give your computer and your family all the protection they need. Visit our Security products pages.

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