Protecting your devices from spam and other online threats

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Learn how to protect yourself from spam on all of your devices.

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When it comes to spam, prevention is the best cure

While it’s important to know how to recognize and report spam after you’ve received it, preventing it from reaching you in the first place is better.

There are a number of techniques and strategies you can use to protect all of your devices from spam. For example, you should learn:

See Top 10 tips to protect your inbox, computer and mobile devices to learn how to protect your e-mail address from being harvested, how to protect your inbox from being a launchpad for spyware and other types of malware, and what you need to know about installing security software.

Protecting your mobile devices

Many people today store large amounts of sensitive personal information not only on their desktop computers, but on mobile devices such as phones, tablets, laptops and USB keys. It’s important to protect this data from loss, theft and spam threats as well.

You should learn how to protect your devices from loss or theft, unauthorized access or eavesdropping, and harmful programs, apps and websites. For details, see Protecting personal information on your mobile devices.

Where to find more information about cyber safety

Understanding and protecting yourself from spam is important. But it’s only one step among many others you should take to stay safe online. For example, you may want to know more about:

To find out about these topics and many more, visit the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security’s Get Cyber Safe website.

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