Just as it is a good idea to secure your home, you should ensure your safety online.
With hacks, scams, malware and identity theft, the Internet poses multiple risks.
The good news is, by taking a handful of security precautions you can greatly reduce your exposure to online threats.
1) Keep your network updated.
Are the operating systems of your equipment up to date? Check to make sure you have the latest security updates installed. This includes computers, antivirus software and your router. Check to see if your router uses a WPA2 password. WEB passwords are older and insecure.
2) Change your passwords periodically.
Set a reminder to change your important passwords. Also, be sure to change any default passwords that come with equipment when installed. That includes wireless doorbells, security codes, and routers.
3) Practice email safety.
Malware and scams are looking for a way into your computer.
- If you don’t recognize the sender, don’t open it.
- Don’t click on suspicious links, even if the email appears to be from someone or an organization that you know – their email could be hacked, or it could be a phishing site. When in doubt, send them a separate email or contact them another way and ask if they sent the message. If it is not from them, they will appreciate knowing about it!
4) Research before you download.
That new streaming service or third-party software ad might look good, but a quick web search to verify legitimacy and check user reviews can prevent many headaches later.
5) Check your credit.
Set up notifications so you know if any changes are made to your accounts.
6) Be a Selective Sharer.
Social Media creates many opportunities to share our personal information online. Be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to information that could be potentially used to impersonate you or compromise your passwords and logins.
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