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Internet Security: How to avoid vulnerabilities

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When connected to the Internet, your data can be vulnerable during transit.  Here are a few internet best practices 

  • Never click on links in email or other messaging systems (text messaging, twitter, Facebook, etc.) sent unsolicited, without knowing what they are.   
  • Always use secure connections for online banking or purchases.

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  • Look for a closed lock icon on the top of the window, near the website address.  Scam websites may try to fool you by showing a lock within their page content, so be careful.
  • Check the website address.  If it starts with “https” it is an encrypted site, if it says “http” it is a standard non-secure website.  
  • Most modern web browsers will also show you an error message if the site is insecure and potentially dangerous.
  • Use complex and unique passwords for each website you use.
  • To handle all those passwords, use a password manager.  This is software which will securely encrypt all your passwords in one place.
  • Ideally you should not write down passwords, but if you do don’t keep them near your computer or carry them with you.
  • If a web site offers two-factor authentication for additional security, take advantage of it.
  • When you travel avoid Public Wi-Fi, use your mobile phone’s data tethering or personal hotspot feature, or purchase a portable hotspot from your mobile carrier.

By implementing a few simple precautions and best practices, you can help prevent internet security threats.

Data Security Guide: Prevention, Detection, and Containment