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.
Kelly is a librarian and the Adult Programming Specialist, bringing adults the library programs they love. (Kids can’t have ALL the fun!). She reads strictly nonfiction and picture books. She firmly believes that anything you could ever need or want is located somewhere in the library. Including friends!