So much of life and business is now conducted online. However, it’s getting easier and easier for scammers to break into your personal life and finances. That’s why it’s more important than ever to protect yourself from identity theft using the latest online security tips.
Keeping Up With Online Security Practices
Be Aware of Spam E-mail
Unwanted e-mails offering products, prize money and more are referred to as spam. These e-mails make their way into your inbox all sorts of ways. Here are a few tips to help stay clear of these potentially malicious messages.
- Use the spam protection features in your e-mail. Most e-mails offer spam filters that can help protect your inbox and identity from harm. These filters separate e-mails that seem like spam away from the ones that you actually want to receive. Sometimes good e-mails end up in the spam filter, so make sure you check it every so often.
- Consider using two e-mails. Create one e-mail for banking and other important accounts, the second e-mail can be for shopping, subscriptions, online deals, etc. The FTC recommends two e-mails since it’s easy to shut the junk one down if need be without compromising all your important accounts.
- Don’t open any e-mails that seem suspicious or too good to be true. Sometimes it takes just one click of a link to set off a disastrous chain reaction and break your security protocols. Just delete these messages or allow your spam or junk folder to empty automatically.
Strong Passwords to Help Online Security
Passwords are extremely important online. There are several ways to create strong and unique passwords. For a full list of passwords tips, read this Tuesday Tip.
- Have multiple passwords. Now that you’ve created a strong password, it’s tempting to use it in multiple locations. DON’T! Your password is only as secure as the site or account that you use it with. If one site gets hacked, then all of your accounts with that password are at risk.
- Use a variety of characters. With your character variety, be sure to spread out the weird stuff. Don’t just put a few capital letters and symbols at the end. Spread uppercase, symbols, and numbers throughout your password to maximize the benefit of character diversity.
- Keep passwords lengthy. Passwords are cracked by computer programs built to try billions of different letter and character combinations rapidly until one works. The longer the password, the more secure it will be. Each additional character increases the possible combinations exponentially. The minimum length of strong passwords is eight characters.
Scams, e-mails and passwords are just a few areas of online security. Without attention and due diligence, you could fine yourself in a world of trouble. Protect your personal identity, assets and more with these up-to-date online security measures.