Basic Tips for Online Security

11/22/2021 Marine Bank

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Scammers make it a tough place to keep your information secure. Stay ahead with these tips so you don’t fall victim to online traps.


1. Keep your computer, mobile apps, and security software up to date

Keep up with the most current version of your security software, web browser and operating system and mobile apps to lower the risk of viruses and other online threats. Cyber criminals try to get one step ahead of antivirus software. Updated antivirus makes it harder for them to get access to your devices. Antivirus developers also work in conjunction with the latest updates from operating systems to stay safe.


2. Make strong passwords

Combine upper and lower case letter along with number and special characters for a more secure password. A phrase instead of a single word will make it even harder to hack and might be easier for you to remember. The longer the password the better. Don’t use your birthday or other generic details about yourself because it will be easier for cyber criminals to figure out your password. Learn more about creating strong passwords here.


3. Write down your passwords and keep them secure

Instead of saving passwords on your computer, write it down and store it in a secure location. Passwords that are stored on your phone or computer, are more easily accessed by hackers. Also, if you forget the password to your computer, it won't do you much good if it’s saved on your locked computer.


4. Keep up with the latest security information

Check secure websites to find the latest information on how to stay protected. Continue to check your security manufacturer’s website to see the latest security patches to make regular updates. Read articles and blogs, follow the news to learn more about the different kinds of scams so you can avoid getting effected.


5. Keep your home WiFi protected

Protect all devices that connect to the Internet from viruses and hacking by making sure your WiFi router at home has a complex, personal network security key. When you aren't using them, keep your devices at home disconnected from WiFi. When going on vacation or leave for the weekend, power off your WiFi router. A few examples of devices include smartphones, gaming systems, and televisions. Today’s mobile devices are just as powerful as your PC, so to take the same precautions on your mobile device as you do your computer. Parents, add parental controls to keep your kids safe. Add them to your computer and mobile devices that are internet-ready.

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