How did we survive before the Internet?
There is no doubt it’s an invaluable tool but using it carries several security risks. Commit to the following New Year resolutions to become safer online:
- Devise unique passwords. Create passwords that only you can possibly guess and don’t give them to others.
- Keep a tight rein on personal information. It’s amazing how much personal and financial data some people share with strangers on social networking sites, through e-mail, and on special-interest sites. Bear in mind that this kind of information sharing carries security risks and act accordingly.
- Don’t let e-mail scams fool you. Online criminals really value the opportunity the Internet affords them to commit fraud and often use e-mail to get your personal information and steal your identity. E-mails that entice you to click a link can be used to take you to a bogus site or cause malware to be downloaded to your computer.
- Make sure you know you’re dealing with a bona fide site. Websites that are not legitimate can be created in minutes by scammers.
- Take great care with e-mail attachments. Such files can contain malware which can damage your computer data or can install code that tracks your activities.
- Make sure your e-mail aliases and usernames are safe. Try not to give personal information away even in your username whether you’re creating an e-mail account or a user account on a social networking or special-interest site.
- Don’t reveal personal information to all and sundry. You may be surprised how much information there is about you on the Internet even if you don’t go online or do so infrequently. Make it your business to identify your exposure and stop others from revealing personal information