Category: Helpful Information
It's easier to do many of your daily tasks online, like shopping, using social networking sites, and even banking. But how safe is the information you're sharing or posting? Hackers are getting smarter at stealing your information, and it's important for you to take the right steps to ensure your personal information is secure.
Here are some tips to keep your information safe online:
Don't open emails or click on links you received from users you don't know. Those emails and links could have a virus or spyware that will infect your computer, often times tracking your every move and collecting more information. If an email offer sounds too good to be true, it likely is, and don't share any personal information if you don't know how it will be used.
You need a password for every account you log into online, and it might seem tempting to use the same one for each account, especially if it's an easy one to remember. It's important to use a hard to guess password that doesn't involve any personal information (like family names, pet names, or birthdays). One suggestion is to pick a phrase and include special characters and numbers, which makes it harder to guess.
There's nothing wrong with sharing pictures online, but be careful of what information you're posting and how much you're posting. An identity thief can use any information about you that they find online, and that information can be used to answer those "challenge" questions on your account (for example, your mother's maiden name, where you grew up, or what your first pet's name was).
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