The internet has become the go-to destination for the daily needs of many individuals, whether it's to review spending in the checking account or to catch up on the day's news.
But for everything that's great about the internet, there are serious concerns of security. Yet many wonder: What exactly should you do to keep yourself safe from online attacks?
Here are some best practices to help protect your identity and finances no matter where on the web you find yourself.
Protect your network
Your home Wi-Fi network needs to be protected at all times. You can accomplish this by requiring the activation of WPA2 security protocols. This means that in order to join the network, someone needs the correct name and password.
Speaking of passwords, the Wi-Fi phrase should be something unique and something you can easily remember. Yet the phrase still has to be difficult for outsiders to guess.
Secure all of your devices
These days, it's pretty likely you own multiple devices, all of which are capable of connecting to the internet. This also means they're vulnerable to outside attacks if they aren't properly secured.
Ensure every device in your household is protected with a unique password or PIN. If possible, encrypt them as well. Computers and smartphones should have the latest anti-virus software installed with spam blocks activated on internet browsers.
Finally, try to limit device sharing. It's common these days for people to share phones and laptops, but this opens the door for potential security breaches if another user accidentally clicks a harmful link.
Don't forget about your accounts
All of your accounts need to be protected with unique passwords. You want to maintain different phrases for every account in your name, so avoid having the same password for your checking account and personal email.
Avoid using common phrases that often make for bad logins. Do not use "password" or the digits that make up your birth date, for instance.
Always remain cautious
Even with strong passwords on your devices and Wi-Fi networks, you still have to remain cautious while browsing the internet and checking your emails.
Phishing scams are common and if you aren't careful, you might unknowingly click a harmful link. Be sure your spam filters are updated and remember: A Nigerian prince will probably never ask you for money.
If a website looks suspicious, don't click it!
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