Ten tips to protect your personal information online

We are spending a lot of time on downloading content, making online transactions, social networking or surfing, where we are giving out a lot of personal information. We need to be pro-active about our online personal security. Find below our top ten tips to get you started.

Here are some useful tips to stay protected and secure online:

1. Keep your computer secure: Invest in trusted security software to protect you from viruses, spyware, adware, hackers, unwanted emails, phishing, scams, and identity theft.

2. Always access internet behind a firewall: A firewall adds a security layer between your PC and the Internet, and helps stop hackers from stealing your identity, destroying your files, or using your PC to attack others.

3. Change your passwords regularly: This is the most ignored and undermined security step. Set a password that cannot be cracked easily. Avoid using words from the dictionary and names of your pets, loved ones and similar. Ideally, it should have a mix of special characters and numerals too. Don’t use the same password for all accounts.

4. Be careful when using social networking sites and picture/video sharing sites: When sharing photos with friends and relatives, pay attention to the privacy settings. Make sure you are not sharing photos with strangers.

5. Avoid sending highly personal e-mail to mailing lists: Realize you may be monitored at work; hence it is advisable to keep sensitive files on your home computer.

6. Secure your wireless network: A hacker with a simple antenna could attack you from miles away to steal your information and use your wireless network for their own communication. Always use additional Wi-Fi security protection.

7. Monitor children’s online activities: Install and use parental controls software that allows you to monitor kids’ online activity as well as prevent them from accessing undesirable websites. Be mindful of the personal information shared by them via online communications.

8. Download from the right source: Ensure that you are downloading data only from trusted sources. Also beware of opening files with unknown or incorrect extensions. E.g. A image file can never have .exe extension; .exe files are executable files.

9. Make sure that online transactions are secure: Most e-commerce sites have a secure way to receive your financial information. Ensure that the page has a lock sign and the address starts with ‘https://’. Beware of fake/misleading websites.

10. Learn how to spot phishing and other scams: Phishing is a scam designed to steal your personal information under false pretences, usually by tricking you into disclosing personal information.

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