Prevent unauthorized account access
Online security is a partnership. Here is what you need to do:
Protect your computer from viruses and hackers
- Update your computerOlder operating systems, browsers, and software may be more vulnerable to attack. Make sure you use the latest version of your computers operating system, Internet browser, and software. Configure your computers operating system and browser to receive updates automatically.
- Activate your computers firewallYour computers operating system should have a firewall—software that is designed to prevent unauthorized access to your computer by blocking suspicious people or websites. Make sure you have a firewall, and that it is turned on and up-to-date. For a tutorial on how to turn on common operating system firewalls, go to the federal governments Onguard Online site at .
- Install anti-virus softwareAnti-virus software can be set to scan your files and emails to detect an existing virus, and to update your computer regularly with new anti-virus information. Make sure your computer has anti-virus software that it is turned on, and your subscription is current. For more information, please visit the federal governments Onguard Online site at .
- Install anti-spyware softwareAnti-spyware software helps protect your computer from malicious programs, usually installed without your consent, designed to monitor or control your computer use. Make sure your computer has anti-spyware software that it is turned on, and your subscription is current. For more information, please visit the federal governments Onguard Online site at .
Use extra caution when logging in away from home
- Be cautious using public computersThe best policy is to avoid using computers you do not trust. Some computers, even ones in legitimate business centers, may contain malicious software. If you must use a public or shared computer, be certain that once your session is complete to do the following before leaving the computer:
- Click the Log Out link on SchwabPlan.com
- Clear the browsers cookies and clear the cached files from the browser, and
- Close the browser
- Only use wireless networks you trustYour information may be vulnerable when you log in on an unsecured wireless network, whether at home or in a public area. Some wireless networks in public areas reduce their security, making it easier for individuals to access and use these networks. Do not use a wireless network when you dont know or trust whoever is responsible for the network.