5 Tips for Being Cyber Safe
Going online today may seem innocent and completely harmless, but most people have no idea what actual dangers there are when going online. We’re not just talking about shopping either. Going online to chat, to pay bills, or posting information about yourself on social networks all can post dangers. Check out our top five tips on protecting yourself online.
Don’t Talk to Strangers
You probably think this is a ridiculous tip, but I’ve seen grown adults accept friend requests and skype requests from total strangers that they have no clue of who they are – and this can pose a danger. Hacker’s are amazing with technology these days and sometimes even just accepting a friend request from one could pose a huge threat. So play it safe and refuse those adding you online that you don’t know.
Always Log Off
I mean this! Even if you’re in the privacy of your own home, you should always log off of anything whether it be your Facebook account, LinkedIn account, bank account, or Skype, always log off. If you don’t log off, you are leaving the door wide open for others.
Passwords Are Key
A lot of people don’t realize how powerful passwords are. Some people have the mixconception that Hacker’s can get into your account with the password – and this is true but highly difficult. So most hacker’s are always looking for ways to crack the passwords of people’s accounts. Therefore it’s up to you to create a strong password – not your birth date.
Some parents don’t like the idea of “spying” on their children, but after seeing some terrifying cases, I HIGHLY suggest that parents take the necessary precautions in protecting their children online. That includes setting time restraints on the internet – you can control this by actually setting it up that you’re wireless internet turns off at a certain time each night. You can also restrict certain websites from being visited.
Don’t Open Spam Emails
Some people think that opening up a spam email is harmless – it’s not. When you open up a spam email it can easily allow that sender to place something on your computer. So if you don’t know the sender, avoid opening it altogether.
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