Spending time online should be fun and informative, but sometimes it’s dangerous and even costly. Victim losses to internet scams amounted to $3.5 billion dollars in 2019!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever are online. While staying safe might seem like a chore, it’s important. 

Stay safe online with the following tips and tricks.

Secure Passwords

We know you’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating. Use secure passwords!

Always use different passwords for all your online accounts. If a hacker does crack a password, they won’t have access to your other accounts.

Never include easy-to-find information about yourself like your birthdate or mother’s maiden name. Mix upper and lower case letters and throw in at least one symbol and a number. 

Beware of Email Scams

Hackers often use emails in an attempt to get you to click on a link. If an email comes from someone you don’t know with an enticing subject line, delete it without clicking on it.

Beware of emails with attachments, and don’t open them if you don’t know the sender. 

Phishing scams are another common email scam. These often come from what look like legitimate sources with which you’re already doing business. 

Never click on a link or call a number in any suspicious email. 

Avoiding Posting Personal Details Online

When you’re using social media sites like Facebook, avoid posting personal details. Birthdates, your mother’s maiden name, and vacation plans are all fodder for hackers. 

Keep your privacy settings on social media sites as tight as possible. 

Use Two-Factor Authentication 

Many sites now offer two-factor authentication. Use it whenever possible. Find two-factor authentication in the profile or security settings of an app or website. 

You’ll enter your password first and then you’ll receive a verification code to your phone or email. You’ll type that in as confirmation that it’s you accessing the site. 

Don’t Save Information on Websites

Enter your password every time instead of checking the “remember me” box. When you check this box, your personal info gets saved in a database somewhere. If the business gets hacked, so does your personal information. 

Many institutions don’t understand the necessity of a great IT provider and lack the necessary safeguards for your information. The right IT provider helps you stay safe online by keeping their client’s systems safe. 

Beware of Public WiFi

When you’re sitting in the coffee shop using public WiFi, never input a password. Hackers scan public WiFi and intercept and steal passwords. 

Use a VPN or wait until you’re somewhere safe before inputting any passwords.

Be Cautious and Stay Safe Online

Caution pays when using the internet. Use these tips and stay safe online. 

Always use secure passwords, and never use the same password for more than one online account. Beware of email phishing scams and use two-factor authentication if possible. 

Avoiding posting too much personal information on social media sites, and never check the “remember me” box on any site. Also, beware of using passwords on public WiFi. 

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