3 tips to keep you secure online

On April 29, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

In light of the recent Playstation security breach, a lot of people are growing more concerned over the privacy of their online identities. If your information gets into the wrong hands, the consequences can be detrimental. Fortunately, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your online identity is secure.

Use an encrypted connection

Using an encrypted connection is an unbelievably easy way to achieve greater online safety. Many websites, including most social networking sites, have recently adopted more secure connections, although you sometimes have to change the settings to get the extra level of security.

In order to see whether or not your connection is secure, check the URL. A secure connection will have a URL that begins with “https” instead of simply “http.” Unfortunately, all sites don’t use encrypted connections, so this is not always an option.

Use strong passwords

Strong passwords are usually one of the best ways to keep your information protected. By using spaces, symbols, numbers and a combination of upper- and lowercase letters, one can easily achieve a strong password. Even if you don’t utilize all of these tricks, be sure to use something that can’t be easily guessed by hackers.

Also, be sure to use a unique password for each site. If one site is hacked into, your password to that site may become vulnerable. Having the same password for multiple other sites will make the information stored on those sites vulnerable as well.

Look out for phishing

Phishing is quite a common practice because it so often works to help hackers obtain sensitive information. It is essentially when a hacker poses as a reputable business, such as a bank, to try to get your passwords, account numbers or usernames.

Epsilon’s recent data breach was a great example of the possibility of phishing. Their network was hacked into and thousands of names and email addresses were exposed, making thousands of people vulnerable to phishing attempts.

These three tips are unbelievably easy to follow through with and instantly increase your online security. If you’d like more information on protecting your online identity, check out this article.

 

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