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Take Precautions at Home

Your personal computer

Your home computer is likely where you conduct a lot of your business with us and other companies. That's why it's important to protect it from viruses and spyware.

Fidelity customers can receive one year of McAfee® protection for free. Use the software to scan your computer on a regular basis to catch and remove any threats. Learn more and download the software

Most major software companies regularly release updates or patches to their operating systems to repair security problems. It's a good idea to keep your system and applications updated with the latest patches and releases. Popular applications are often targets for hackers. Some examples include:

  • Web browsers including Microsoft® Internet Explorer, Google® Chrome, Mozilla® Firefox, and Apple® Safari®
  • Microsoft® Office
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player

We suggest setting your computer to receive automatic updates whenever possible to receive these updates with no effort.

Your mobile devices

Don't forget about your smartphone and tablet. Most people don't secure these as well as they should.

  • Always activate a PIN or lock function for your mobile device—A PIN is the simplest and most important thing you can do to ensure security on your mobile device, especially if it's lost or stolen.
  • Be judicious when downloading apps—Some apps can contain malware designed to steal your personal and financial information. Review permissions at the time of installation to decide if you're comfortable granting access requested by that application. Read other user reviews and comments to see if anything suspicious has been reported about the app.
  • Download McAfee softwareFidelity customers using AndroidTM devices can download McAfee Mobile Security on their phones or tablets as well as using the antivirus software on their computers.

Connecting to the Internet

Using a wireless network at home is convenient, but leaving it unsecured is an opportunity for cyber criminals to hook in and discover sensitive information. Make sure to add a unique passcode so that your family is the only one using the network. You can also contact your wireless software vendor about stronger encryption.