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Cyber safety in Today’s Online World

Most people who spend time online today are aware of the threats and dangers of losing their identity or becoming victims of fraud. They have heard the terms such as “phishing” and “smishing” that did not exist a decade ago. We all keep our doors and windows locked to prevent thieves from entering. We have to employ similar techniques to ensuring that our cyber safety is also not compromised. Leaving your computer and online accounts exposed is an invitation to cyber criminals to take advantage.

The reality is that cyber safety has become an increasingly problematic issue for anyone who spends time online, even if it is just to send emails. 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, change them frequently and use ones 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. 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, wire money or take any requested action, unless you 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. Laptop and phone screens can easily be seen by the person sitting beside you.  Your side of a phone conversation can be heard by everyone around you and speakerphone conversations are heard by everyone.

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