We are now in a day of age where we have access to absolutely everything at the tip of our fingers. With technology so advanced, we can easily check and send emails, shop, surf the web and so much more; but, this also puts a target on our back for stolen information. Have you noticed that there’s always another breaking news headline of a company getting hacked, a store getting their data stolen, or files being held at ransom because of hackers? This is becoming a normal way of life! That being said, what can we do to protect ourselves from online hackers? We put together, Six Ways To Protect Yourself From Online Assailants, and believe these six ways will help minimize the chances of getting your information stolen.
- Change Passwords Regularly & Make Them Tricky – By changing your passwords regularly, you minimize the chances of someone guessing your password. By making the password tricky and lengthy, it also adds an extra layer of security for your protection. It is important to change passwords for sites that contain sensitive information like financial, health or credit card data. Do not use the same password across multiple sites.
- Shop Safely – When ordering off an online store such as Amazon and Ebay, always make sure that the Web site uses secure technology. When checking out , verify that the Web address begins with https. Also, make sure that a locked padlock symbol appears at the bottom right of the checkout screen. This means your connection is secure and you can proceed to checkout
- Make Security Questions Hard – Do not answer security questions as you normally would. It is easy to google search someone’s name and finds out all of the details needed to “crack” a security question. ( put in more info.
- Keep an eye out for Phishing Scams – These Scams are the chameleons of the cyber world. They disguise themselves as Legit Businesses to get you to reveal your private information (Address, Credit Card, Social Security Number, Etc). If you happen to be one of the unlucky candidates to receive an email from a business that includes a link to a web site. Instead of clicking through to the site from within the email, open a separate Web browser and visit the business’ web site directly.
- Down-Grade for Storage – If you are the type of person to have spreadsheets of passwords and other highly sensitive documents on your main computer It’s recommended that you keep the classified files on an old computer that is not connected to the internet. You can also encrypt the files that have been transferred to the old computer for extra security.
- Share Less – People tend to post a lot of information about themselves whether it is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Without realizing, we post pictures that include names, places, and important information in regards to their personal life. We tend to use passwords that have a significant meaning in our lives. If we share this information for the world to see, we are asking for trouble.
By following these six easy tips, it will help the process of protecting your information and keeping your information YOURS. Nothing in our world today will protect you Entirely; though, we believe these simple steps will better ensure your safety while browsing/shopping on the internet.