We all spend a lot of time online for both business tasks and personal. It is is essential to stay as protected as possible. Here are five tips to keep yourself secure online.
Connect To Networks You Know
Free WiFi is tempting, but be sure that you consider who is providing the connection. Public connections at the local coffee shop are usually unsecured and leave your machine open to outsiders. While these networks provide a convenience, there are risks to be aware of.
Shop (Or Bank) With Caution
Shopping from familiar websites is a good place to start. Stick with the reputable sites that are tried and true – like Amazon or eBay. Also, look for the padlock symbol (or https in the address bar of your browser) when paying for and finalising your purchase.
This will ensure that you are on a secure, encrypted part of the web page. Keeping an eye on your bank statements for suspicious activity is always a good idea, among these other best practices for shopping online.
Use Secure Passwords
Passwords for logging into any website should contain a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters; as well as be different for each website that you log into. It can be difficult to remember all of these unique passwords, but you don’t have to. Use a password manager such as iCloud Keychain or KeePass.
Don’t Click On The Unfamiliar
If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is. If you get an email from an unknown source, don’t click any of the links within it. You should immediately report it to your IT department. If a window pops up while browsing a website, immediately close it. Familiarity is always your friend. Using your judgement and trusting your gut is the ultimate defence when online. Always err on the side of caution.
Lock Your Computer
When you walk away from your machine, lock it. In Windows, it is as easy as pressing the Windows key + L. On an Apple Mac, pressing “Control+Shift+Eject” will do the trick (if you don’t have an optical drive, you can hit the “Power” key instead of “Eject”). This practice would be the equivalent to dead-bolting the front door of your home. It acts as a deterrent to the bad guys as well as a line of defence. It may even be worth setting up a password lock on your Apple or Windows machine as well.
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