Tips for Cyber Safety
Conducting personal business online can be risky. Follow these tips from librarian, Kelly, to help make your time online safer.
- Change passwords regularly on all of your accounts so an old password can’t be used against you.
- Lie when answering password challenge questions. Use an answer or phrase that only you know.
- Enable encryption on electronic devices.
- Use secure erase features.
- Protect your computer by enabling the firewall. Turn on spam filters, install anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
- Update anti-virus protection regularly. Keep up-to-date with the latest patches, and turn on “auto updates” whenever possible.
- Delete personal data securely. Overwrite data multiple times before disposing of a computer or phone.
- Read end-user license agreements. Make sure you aren’t giving access to the information on your phone without realizing it.
- Check for “https” instead of “http” in the browser address. The “s” signifies that the site is secure. Also look for the closed lock icon.
- Enable private browsing. This ensures that you web history and passwords aren’t stored locally.
- Frequently check your credit ratings. So you can quickly catch any signs of identity theft.
- Don’t click links in unsolicited emails. Contact the vendor through some other channel to verify their legitimacy.