The internet has its advantages, but it can also make you vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and other scams. Follow these tips to stay safe online:
Keep your computers and mobile devices up to date. Having the latest security software, web browser, and operating system are the best defenses against viruses, malware, and other online threats. Turn on automatic updates so you receive the newest fixes as they become available.
Set strong passwords. A strong password is at least eight characters long and includes a mix of upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.
Watch out for phishing scams. Don’t click on links or open any attachments or pop-up screens from sources you’re not familiar with.
Keep personal information personal. Lock down your privacy settings and avoid posting things like birthdays, addresses, mother’s maiden name, etc.
Secure your internet connection. Always protect your home wireless network with a password. When you connect to a public Wi-Fi, be careful about what you’re sending.
Shop safely. Before shopping online, make sure the website is secure (web address begins with https).
Ready the site’s privacy policies. Privacy policies tell you how the site protects the personal information it collects. It may be boring, but it’s important.
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