Hackers, identity thieves and scammers are trying to swipe your personal information – and your cash. But, there are measures you can take to protect yourself, such as making sure your computer software is up-to-date and only providing your personal information when there is a good reason. Check out these six online computer safety tips:
1. Keep Your Software Updated
Make sure your software, including your apps, web browsers and your computer operating system are up to date to guard against the most recent threats. Nearly all software automatically updates, so be certain to set yours up to do so.
Out-of-date software is far easier for crooks to hack into. If you believe you have bad software or a virus in your computer, investigate how to discover and remove malware.
2. Guard Your Personal Information
Do not provide your personal information to just anybody. Your utility and bank account numbers, credit card numbers and Social Security numbers could be used to create accounts in your name and swipe your money. So, when your personal information is requested, whether it’s a phone message, text, email or web form, think hard about why somebody requires it and if you really can trust their request.
When trying to swipe your information, crooks will say and do anything they can to look credible. Educate yourself about crooks who are phishing for your personal information.
3. Safeguard Your Passwords
Here are some tips for generating strong passwords and keeping them secure:
- Use a minimum of 10 characters; 12 is even better for nearly all home users.
- Be unpredictable. Do not use common words, dates or names. Mix it up with capital letters, symbols and numbers in the center of the password, not at the start or end.
- Do not use the identical password for numerous accounts. If your password is stolen either from you or a company you do business with, crooks could use it to misappropriate all your accounts.
- Never share your passwords via email, text or phone. Legit businesses will never request your password.
- If your password is written down, be certain to lock it up and keep it out of plain view.
4. Turn On Two-Step Verification
For accounts that have it, two-step verification asks not only for your password but a second piece of information to access your account. The additional information may be an arbitrary number created by an app, a token or a code sent to your cell phone. This safeguards your account even if your password is jeopardized.
5. Encrypted Websites
If you are doing your banking or shopping online, only use sites that are encrypted to guard your information as it transmits between your computer and their server. To find out if a website is encrypted, search for “https” at the start of the web address. This indicates that the site is protected.
6. File Backup
No system is absolutely protected. Copy your files to the cloud for storage or to an external hard drive. Should your computer come under attack by malware, you will still be able to access your files.
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I hope these six tips for online computer safety will help keep you safe. Remember, slow down and think before you provide any personal information.
Do you have any other online computer safety tips? I’d love for you to share your information. Please do so by leaving your comments below.
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