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Cyber safety in Today’s Online World

Most people are aware of the threats and dangers of losing their identity or becoming victims of fraud. In addition they may have heard the terms such as “phishing” and “smishing”. They  did not exist a decade ago. For example we all keep our doors and windows locked to prevent thieves from entering.  But leaving your computer and online accounts exposed is an invitation to cyber criminals to take advantage. Cyber safety is an increasing issue for many people.

The reality is that cyber safety has become an increasingly problematic issue for anyone who spends time online.  In other words online banking, social sites, etc are all candidates that are constantly under attack.

Tips for Cyber safety in Today’s Online World

Choose powerful passwords. Use multiple passwords on different sites. In addition change them frequently. For example use passwords that include a mix of upper case and lower case letters, special characters if allowed and numbers.

Avoid Phishing Attempts. Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for confidential information. For example your bank will never send you an email to request information. Neither will the government. If in doubt, delete the email and call your bank directly etc.

Beware of the phish. Do not click on a link in an email, call a phone number. Never wire money or take any requested action. First verify that a request is legitimate. Even emails sent to you by friends, family and associates should be suspect.

Minimize sharing on social media. Avoid including personal information online, on social networking sites and in emails.

Be cautious of public Wi-Fi. Use public Wi-Fi for browsing only. Avoid doing your banking online etc over unprotected Wi-Fi systems.

Personal information Privacy. The person sitting beside you can see your laptop screen.  Everyone around you will hear your conversation. Be aware of your surroundings.

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