Abby’s Tips

for Being Secure And Safe On The Internet

There are many ways the average user can protect themselves. Then there are some more advanced options for those individuals that truly want to be safe.

To be honest and brief, the best way to be safe is to not be connected to the Internet at all. However, with today’s technology, this option is not going to work for most people.

What does in take to be Internet safe?

To be Internet safe, it is very important to take a few extreme precautions:

  1. Use strong, unique passwords for all of your accounts and enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. I recommend at least 12 characters.
  2. Never store your passwords on the computer or in the browsers.
  3. Be careful about the information you share on-line, especially personal information such as your name, address, phone number, and birth date. 
  1. Avoid clicking on links or downloading attachments from unknown sources, as they may contain malware or phishing scams. If a website starts with “http://” without the letter “s” and it is asking for money. Stay away from that website!
  2. Be cautious when using social media and be mindful of the information you share and with whom you share it.
  3. Be aware of scams and fraudulent activities on-line and do not give out personal or financial information to unknown parties. Commonly websites that start off with “https://” paying to be more secure, but still make sure it is safe to go there.
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By following these guidelines, you can begin to help protect yourself and your devices from on-line threats.