As you may be aware there has been an increase in spam, phishing, identity theft and much more. But navigating the internet doesn't have to be a scary place. There are many ways you can protect yourself whilst online. Some are very basic and some you may never have considered. See below a general list of tips you can use to be safe and secure whilst online.
- Have login notifications. If your account is accessed from an unfamiliar location, a notification is sent via email, app, or text message to let you know. It is a great security tactic. Not all websites offer this but if they do it is definitely worth using.
- Two-factor authentication. Image having another layer of security when logging into a website. There are sites that send codes to verify it is you trying to access them. There is even an app that has a code generated every few seconds to verify you at that specific point in time.
- Secure password. As you may know we have all at some point signed up to something with our email address and given it a basic password not considering how easy this will make it to be hacked. Try using a more difficult password including a mix of characters, numbers, and letters into a password, 10 characters or more. By doing this you have added a level of difficulty against password theft.
- Accessing your accounts from secure locations. So you decided that you will quickly log into your bank account via a free WiFi at your local cafe. Have you considered if the network has been compromised? While there's convenience, if you must access personal accounts, you might want to consider a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to ensure an encrypted connection to your home or work network.
- Regularly changing passwords. You may think that having pop ups telling you to change your password can be annoying but think about whether you'd be happy for your personal information to be available to others. Whether you have been compromised, by changing it regularly across all your accounts, you remove the chance of your account being accessed. Set a reminder for an ongoing date e.g. 90 days on your calendar with a link to all your accounts.
- HTTPS access. To check if you are on a HTTPS connection, look for a padlock in the URL bar in the browser or check the URL itself for it to begin with HTTPS.
- Antivirus program. Make sure you have the most up-to-date version and have the correct security settings. These programs are designed to keep the malicious files such as keyloggers and data-miners off your computer and the user protected. This makes sure you stay protected when you are downloading and accessing files. JaziNET recommends Webroot for all your needs as an antivirus program.
- Filter your junk. As you may already know phishing schemes start with something that look very innocent but official misleading you to websites designed to collect the information direct from you. Received an email from one of the account holding websites? It may take a bit longer but try opening a new tab and go direct to the website instead of clicking the links provided.
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