In light of all the stories of identity theft many users still don't know how to secure their information while online.This article is the first in a series in which we will address your digital security. So be sure to follow along and gain some tips and insights of online and offline security.
1. Beware of Scammers
You should know that scammers are real and they will try to steal your personal information if they come across it. Never give out your personal information over the Internet, phone, mail or via text message, unless you know exactly who you are dealing with. If you receive a suspicious email from a business and you’re not sure if it’s legitimate, close the email, open a new browser, type in their web address and contact them through their customer service.
2. Securely Dispose of Your Personal Information
Document shredding and electronics recycling are two of the most effective ways to dispose of sensitive records, data, documents and information. Electronic devices, even when no longer in use, often retain confidential personal information that can fall into the wrong hands if disposed of incorrectly.
3. Secure Your Browser
Always use a secure browser. Look for “https” at the beginning of the web address (the “s” stands for “secure”). Access your accounts from a secure location, using computers and networks that you know are safe and secure. Avoid using public networks and always look for the padlock icon in the corner of the browser, signaling that the website is encrypted.
4. Keep Your Passwords Private
Your passwords should be more than 6 characters and contain letters, numbers and special characters. Mix upper and lower case letters. Don’t use personal information or dictionary words. Hackers use software to enter random dictionary words to help them determine your password.
5. Don’t Overshare on Social Media
Go through your privacy settings on each site and determine what is a good amount of privacy protection. Consider keeping your profile limited to only certain groups or friends. Never post your personal information such as Social Security number, date of birth or your full name in a public place. This infographic makes it easy to see what criminals are after, what they do with it, and what you. can do to help prevent them getting it. Its easy to take preventative steps with your personal data so start today by using this infographic. Be sure to share this infographic with others and spread the word about identity theft!