- Firewall software
- Anti-virus software
- Network protection
- Email protection
- A list of protections against other attacks
1. Subscribe to Kim Komando's email updates. http://www.komando.com/ This is the best source I have found for alerts about internet scams, free software, and items of general interest. She tests and verifies everything, so you and I don't get ripped off. Her radio show is excellent. If you can find it in your area, then make a point of listening. The stations and times are listed on her site.
2. Anti-malware programs for your computer, tablet, and smartphone. As Kim Komando will tell you, you must, must, have software that prevents viruses, and all other attacks on your digital devices. Kim recommends some that are free of charge. (I have used her recommendations and can vouch for them.)
3. White Pages. http://www.whitepages.com/ Is there a phone call from a number you don't recognize? Do not answer! Do not call back! First, look it up on White Pages (or a similar service) and find out if it's a con artist trying to get your personal information, some other entity acting against your best interests, or just a time waster. I find White Pages the easiest to use. They aren't the only one, just my favorite.