While most companies work diligently to keep their sites secure, the best way to ensure your online security is to take control of the task yourself. Here are a few simple tips that will help you improve your online security.
Many sites, particularly email sites, offer two-step verification but many of us simply don’t use this service. This simply means you have to enter your phone number and your password when you login to email or other specific sites. When you enter your phone number, a code is sent immediately to your cell phone and then you type that code into the system in order to gain access. While this might seem too time-consuming, it is an excellent security feature and for many of us, our emails are filled with crucial information, so why not use the extra protection?
Passwords, in general, can increase or decrease your security. It is always best to create strong passwords with upper and lower case letters, special characters, numbers or capital letters mixed in. It is also wise to have a different password for every site that stores important personal information, such as credit card information or important documents. Of course, it can be tricky to remember all of those passwords. You can either write them all down or you can use an online password management service.
Facebook is used by millions of Americans every day, and it is definitely wise to improve your Facebook security. Again, it all begins with a strong password that is different from all of your other passwords. Take a look at your privacy settings on Facebook and consider updating it to make it more secure. There is a quite a bit of important personal information available on Facebook, and you probably don’t want some random person seeing all of it. The same is true of sites such as MySpace, Ello, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media.
Many services, such as Apple and Dropbox, use cloud-based systems to store a great deal of personal information. For many of us, thousands of our personal photos are stored in the cloud. To keep those photos secure, use a combination of a strong password and the two-step verification process. Another option, of course, would be to not use the cloud to store photos and instead back them on to an external hard drive and then store them in a fire-safe box or safe. However, many people enjoy the convenience of loading up photos into the cloud for storage and easy retrieval.
In addition to passwords and verification, be careful about what you click on and download. If something is sent to you and you did not ask for it, don’t click on it. If it seems to be coming from a friend, simply send them a text or a separate email and ask if they sent it before you click on it. Don’t download anything onto your computer unless you know the source.
Keep all of your software updated, and make sure your computer is protected with a firewall and a virus detection program. While this all takes some time, dealing with security hacks and viruses definitely takes more time and if your credit card information or personal info is stolen, this can have serious consequences.
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