Erin O’Neill from the Better Business Bureau tells us how to protect ourselves online.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Practice good online safety with these tips and advice.
Keep a Clean Machine:
- Keep security software current to ensure your system can be on defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.
- Automate software updates to automatically connect and update to defend against known risks.
- All web-enabled devices can be suspect to viruses as well.
Protect Your Personal Information:
- Secure your accounts with unique, long and strong passwords including capital letters, numbers and symbols.
- If your password is really unique, write it down and keep it safe in a secured area away from your computer.
- Own your online presence, when available, set the privacy and security settings on websites to your comfort level for information sharing.
Connect with Care:
- When in doubt, throw it out. Links in emails, posts, online advertising, can all compromise your computer if cybercriminals get ahold.
- If it looks suspicious, even if you know the source, it’s best to delete or mark as junk mail.
- Get savvy about wi-fi hotspots; limit the type of business you conduct on public wi-fi.
- Protect your money when shopping or banking; check to be sure the sites are securely enabled. Look for the padlock on the tool bar of https://
Be Web Wise:
- Stay current with new ways to stay safe online by checking trusted websites (BBB), share with friends and family to encourage them to be wise.
- Think before you act…if there is an offer that seems too good to be true or asks for personal information, be careful.
- Back it up…protect your valuable work, music, photos and other digital information by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.