Basic Tips for Online Security

10/5/2016

It seems more and more creative scams keep popping up making the digital world a tough place to keep your information secure. It’s important that you stay ahead and make sure you don’t fall victim to online traps.


 Check out these 5 tips to start practicing today so you can stay protected!


1. Keep security software up to date

By having the current version of your security software, web browser and operating system, you have a much lower risk of viruses and other online threats. Cybercriminals are always trying to get one step ahead of antivirus software, so keeping your antivirus up to date helps keep the hackers behind. Antivirus developers also work in conjunction with the latest updates from operating systems to stay safe.

2. Keep your passwords long and creative.

By combining upper and lower case letter along with number and special characters, you will have a more secure password. Using a phrase will make it even hard to hack and might be easier for you to remember.  The longer the password the better.  Don’t use your birthday or other generic facts about yourself because it will be easier for cybercriminals to crack. Learn more about creating strong passwords here.

3. Keep it safe by writing it down

Instead of saving passwords on your computer, write it down and store it in a secure location. Storing it on your phone or computer opens it up for hacking.  Also if you forget the password to your computer, it doesn’t do much good if it’s saved on your locked computer! There are safe online platforms that will securely store your passwords. One example is 1Password.com. You can get a free 30 day trial to decide if this site works for you.

4. Keep up to date with new ways to stay safe online

Check secure websites to find the latest information on how to stay safe and secure. 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 it all safe

Protect all devices that connect to the Internet from viruses and hacking. Examples of devices include smartphones, gaming systems, televisions and more. Today’s mobile devices are just as powerful as your PC, so you need to take the same precautions on your mobile device as you do your computer. For parents, adding parental controls will help your kids stay safe. You can add them to your computer as well as mobile devices that are Internet-ready.

Remember these five ways to keep you and your devices protected. Tell us your tips and how you stay safe online.

 

Written By: Michelle Graven

Written By: Michelle Graven

Digital Banking

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