Jason S. Miyares
Attorney General of Virginia

Computer Security Tips

  • Use strong passwords for your computer, e-mail, and financial accounts.
  • Use variations of capital and lowercase letters, numbers, and special symbols of at least 8 characters.
  • Do not use passwords based on information that is publicly known about you, such as birthdates, names of family members, address, etc.
  • Install anti-virus software and update it regularly.
  • Set your software to automatically scan your computer for viruses.
  • Scan e-mail attachments and internet downloads for malware.
  • Install and activate a software and hardware firewall.
  • Check for updates to your operating system.
  • Set your computer to lock-up after a period of inactivity and require a password to re-activate.
  • Back up all of your data routinely using a USB drive to┬ástore the information.
  • Never click on links contained in e-mails - type the link into a new browser tab.
  • Never open attachments from unknown e-mail senders.
  • Never download software programs from unknown publishers.
  • If you are the victim of a computer crime, report it to www.ic3.gov or submit information on our form.