Protect Yourself Online

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cloud storage privacy file folders showing privacy locksPROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE

1.) LOOK FOR THE PADLOCK – If there is NO padlock in the browser window or ‘https://’ at the beginning of the web address signifying that it is using a secure link, do NOT enter personal information on the site.

2.) TRUST YOUR GUT – If you are suspicious of a website, carry out a web search to see if you can find out whether or not it is fraudulent.

3.) ALWAYS VERIFY THE ADDRESS – Roll your mouse pointer over a link to reveal its true destination, displayed in the bottom left corner of your browser. Beware if this is different from what is displayed in the text of the link from either another website or an email.

4.) COOKIESSet your browser to warn you when a cookie is installed. Some sites will not work if you block cookies completely.

5.) PHISHY WEBSITES – Be suspicious of websites which ask for more personal information than you would normally expect to give, such as user name, password or other security details. They are probably malicious.

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5 Ways to Avoid a Data Breach

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1. Encrypt Your Devices – 73% of breaches could have been prevented if the devices involved were encrypted. Go here for a beginner’s guide to encryption. Or, this is another good article.
2. Keep Patches Up To Date – Malware and hacking thrive on devices that have left openings by the inattentive.
3. Use Complex Passwords – No dictionary words. Use UPPER case, lower case, numbers, and symbols and do NOT use the same password for everything.
4. Watch For Phishing – Social Engineering whether in person, on the phone, or through phoney emails account for much of the Data Breaches. The weakest link most times boils down to people.
5. Before You Hit Send – Verify that the contents you are sending are being sent to the correct person. These type of errors account for 30% of all breaches.