NetSafe articles on security software

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How can I set up parental controls on the popular gaming consoles?

Video games can be fun for all age groups but parents often need help managing time spent playing games and understanding the parental control options for popular consoles including the Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Wii and on the PC

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How to upgrade your web browser to stay safe online

Upgrading your software is one of the NetSafe NetBasics and keeping your web browser up to date and secure is an essential step in improving your online safety

Our work on smartphone security

How to keep your mobile devices safe and secure

You spent a lot of money on that shiny smartphone, laptop or tablet computer so learn how to protect the device against viruses and malware and how to get help tracking down it down should it be lost or stolen

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Download dangers: what is safe to download online?

You need to keep your wits about you online to keep your computer secure. NetSafe has advice on malware websites, peer to peer file sharing, spam, popups and more

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What does anti-virus and anti-spyware software do?

These security programs are designed to protect you from malicious software and help you protect your computer when exploring the internet

NetBasics Firewall FAQs

Do I need a firewall? Will my firewall protect me?

A firewall is like a door between you and the internet, protecting your computer and controlling who is allowed to access the information you hold on your machine

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What anti-virus software should I use?

Malware is constantly being written and circulated online so it pays to install anti-virus and anti-spyware software to defend your computer

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How do I make my computer secure?

Computer security is a core cybersafety issue and it’s important for Kiwis to educate themsleves about staying safe online – the NetSafe NetBasics campaign cuts through the jargon