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.
- 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.