Follow these tips to protect yourself online:
- Hover Before you Click – BEFORE clicking on a link, hover over the link to examine the URL that appears at the bottom of your browser. If the site is not the place you are intending to visit, do not click on this link. If you are browsing from your tablet or iPad, touch and hold the link to pull up a window with the true URL to check before tapping the link.
- Password Management– Use a unique and complex password for each site you create a login for. Your passwords are the only thing standing between your banking information, social media sites, email accounts, etc. and hackers. Use a combination on upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols that cannot be found in the dictionary. Make passwords at least eight characters long.
- Website Warnings – When given an option, do not let websites store your credit card information for future purchases. The fewer opportunities for exposure, the better. Only enter personal information on sites that begin with “https” meaning that they have been certified as secure sites with an encrypted connection. Do not use public, unsecured WiFi to perform financial or personal transactions as your credentials can be easily compromised.
If you are worried about your online safety, you should consider an identity monitoring company that will also monitor your information on the dark internet or places where thieves go to buy and sell personal information. InfoArmor’s solution includes “Internet Surveillance” to do just that. Learn more at www.infoarmor.com.