Ways To Stay Safe on Internet

We’ve always known that the internet isn’t considered the safest place. However, with all these hacks, scams, and malware the internet is even more dangerous. Smart phones and tablets that are connected to the internet have also made us even more vulnerable to greater risks.

The good news is, there are a handful of security measures that you can take to counteract these risks associated with internet threats.

  1. Change Your Password(s): The first tip to having greater internet safety is a basic yet vital one- change your passwords several times a year. Creating strong and unique passwords made up of letters numbers and special characters is really the most proactive way to keep your information safe. It is important to not reuse the same password(s) for each online account, because hackers have the ability to take the leaked data from one attack and use it to login to your other accounts. It can definitely be a pain to remember all of these passwords, but ask yourself which is more of a pain – remembering different passwords, or trying to recover your stolen personal information? 

To keep your information and accounts as safe as can be, check and see if multi-factor authentication (TFA) is available. TFA is a technology that increases security by requiring more than a password to login to your accounts such as; a PIN number that changes periodically, a security question, or enter a code that is sent to your phone.

  1. Improve Network Security: With your logins safe now, it is time to make sure your connections are secure as well. When you are at home or work, there is probably a password-protected router that secures your data. However if you ever out and about and connect to public Wi-Fi, you are opening yourself up to everyone on that public network. Public networks are exactly how they sound, public; which means that they are often unsecured. People who are in close proximity may be able to access the open network and collect your login information and whatever you are browsing. Try avoiding signing into bank or email accounts while on the public Wi-Fi. If you have to login to these accounts, make sure to use a reliable personal virtual private network (VPN). A VPN enables a data encryption that adds an additional layer of security, making it more difficult for cyber criminals to get all in your business.
  2. Keep the Firewall on: A firewall can never hurt, so even if your network is secure make sure that your firewall remains on. Using a firewall ensures that all the devices connected to your network remain secure. In order for the firewall to be most effective, make sure that your antivirus and anti spyware are up-to-date.
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