How to Use Internet Security to Protect Your Identity
Internet identity theft and cyber-crime is sadly on the increase. A report by Javelin Strategy and Research found that an Internet user's identity is stolen every three seconds, and over 13.1 million Americans have been hit by identity theft last year alone. Despite the scary statistics, internet fraud can be reduced and even eliminated providing that you are web savvy and take measures to ensure that you are protected online. This article provides several simple rules that you should always follow to ensure you stay safe while browsing the Web.
The first step is to strengthen passwords that you use to log into social media, online banking and other Internet services. It may be common sense, but you should always avoid using simple number based passwords, birth dates, places, or common names that can be easily guessed or hacked. Many celebrities have fallen prey to hackers by choosing passwords which can be answered by a ‘security question’ which anyone is able to view, so avoid having a password that anyone can guess if they were to view your security questions. It’s a good idea to include a variety of numbers and letters, upper and lower case if possible, to make your account password more secure. It’s is also wise to use different passwords for different accounts, just in case there is a security breach so that you want have all of your accounts compromised should someone hack into one.
Stay Safe on Social Media
Always avoid placing any personal details, such as your home address, telephone number or children’s school name on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. There are reports of thieves using public Facebook accounts as a way to view when users are going on holiday. It’s a good idea to set your profile visibility to ‘friends only’, this way strangers can’t view your updates or know about your whereabouts. It is also worth clearing out your friends list several times a year to ensure that people who can see what you are up to are trustworthy and good friends as opposed to acquaintances who may have ill intentions.
Check Your Phone’s Privacy Settings
Go into your settings in your phone and make sure that your GPS location settings are turned off. Otherwise your whereabouts are constantly broadcasted to the world.
Watch Out for Phishing
Phishing is the act of sending out fraudulent emails in the hopes of obtaining personal information, money or both. Sometimes the emails will appear as your bank asking for information, while other times they may be from a company you have never heard of asking for money in relation to an unpaid invoice. Over 57 million adults have experienced some form of phishing attack and 1.78 million have been scammed as a result (Gartner Survey). Remember, your bank will never ask for any account information, pin codes or passwords via email. If you are unsure whether an email is fraudulent or not then you should contact the company that it claims to be from immediately.
Get Internet Security
All of the above tips and hints can be avoided if you purchase an internet security software package. Internet security software protects your identity, information and computer by being one-step ahead of the bad guys. The software can adapt to the ever-changing hacking and identity theft industry, and will protect you from even the most intrusive viruses and threats against you. With internet security software you can safely use your computer and the internet without feeling scared that something bad will happen. Internet security is your safety net.
Follow the above tips and you will be on your way to having a safer Internet experience. Remember, it is always better to be safe than sorry.