Astound Internet Security

With Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center, you can optimize your internet speed, protect your privacy and ensure your computer’s safety.

Wave is committed to maximizing the performance of our high-speed internet service. However, certain factors beyond our control, such as a virus or spyware, can affect your speed. Other factors may keep you from enjoying your time online, like concern for your child’s safety online or annoying pop-up ads.

By using the tools at Microsoft’s Safety & Security Center regularly you can:

  • Update your computer with the latest service packs
  • Help prevent viruses and get special offers on anti-virus software
  • Fight spam
  • Maintain your privacy online
  • Fight spyware
  • Connect computers with networking tips
  • And more…

 

Use these general guidelines to maximize your online privacy and security:

  • Set secure passwords: general rule of thumb is to use a combination of letters (lower case and upper case), numbers and symbols. If you are struggling with creating a secure password, check out Microsoft’s guide to creating strong passwords.
  • Update your browser(s) to the latest version. Older generation browsers are supported less than newer versions which means the newer versions will always have the latest security features.
  • Enter your own URLs. If you are in doubt about a link in your email, rather than clicking on it, type the URL manually. If you are  worried about typing in the URL manually, search for the common phrase in your favorite search engine instead.
  • Check for site safety. McAfee SiteAdvisor provides a free browser plugin tool for checking website safety by using a color coding system of green for safe, yellow for potentially unsafe and red for  unsafe.
  • When shopping online:
    • Use familiar websites.
    • Look for the Lock symbol in the status bar at the bottom of the browser. This indicates that a site uses SSL (secure sockets layer) encryption for processing credit cards. The page will also have anHTTPS:// in the URL rather than the typical HTTP://.
    • NEVER give out your credit card (or any other information such as social security numbers) over email!
    • Online shopping stores will NEVER ask for social security numbers. Be suspicious if one does.
    • Check your account statements regularly.
    • Do not shop from public computers. When using your own laptop/device, avoid shopping on public networks.
  • Privatize your WiFi network. Set passwords for your network router.
  • If it is too good to be true, it is probably a scam. McAfee put together Twelve Scams of Christmas list to help shoppers be aware of common scams.