Cyber security is a huge concern for everyone using the Internet. The good news is there are many steps you can take to protect your identity and information online.
Clean out old computers
When you are ready to recycle an old computer, make sure you’ve copied all of the files you want to save. Then make sure your hard drive is erased or destroyed so no one can access your files.
Practice good password management
Always build your passwords with a good mix of characters and don’t use the same password for all your accounts. Avoid sharing your passwords with others or writing it down.
Don’t leave devices alone
If you must leave your electronic devices unsupervised, shut them down and lock them up.
Avoid suspicious links in email
Many viruses are spread via attachments and links. If you see something suspicious, don’t click on it. Go back to the original website URL or call the provider to find out if it is legitimate.
Be cautious where you browse
Only conduct banking, shopping or other sensitive browsing on your own device with a network that you trust. Do not use public computers or free café Wi-Fi to access sensitive data.
Use anti-virus software
Keep your computer protected by updating your anti-virus software. In addition, back up your data regularly.
Be careful on social media
Be careful what you sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to information like where you work and when you’re on vacation. This information helps them access to more valuable data.
Monitor your accounts
Check your accounts frequently for suspicious activity. If something looks wrong, contact your provider immediately.
Report identity theft
If you suspect someone has stolen your identity, report it immediately and create a recovery plan.
Follow security tips
Keep yourself safe online by following the free security tips and resources provided by the Federal Trade Commission.