It’s a WWW: Wild, Wild Web
As the benefits of technology increase, so do the dangers.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to protect yourself.
Don’t Get Too Personal
Before entering any personal information, doing any sort of online buying or banking,
be sure the site you are on shows ‘https://.’ The ‘s’ stands for secure. You also want to see a
closed padlock symbol. This shows that the site’s security is up to date.
It’s simple; think before you click! If you’re online and you get an urgent message telling
you that your computer is infected by a virus and you to download this antivirus
product right now… FAKE! This is just one way hackers can gain access to your computer.
Have you seen the, “Try this game for FREE!” with an Install option by it? DON’T DO IT.
Free games for your workstation, tablet, or smartphone can infect your computer with
malware when you download them.
There’s probably no doubt that you’ve seen this…
Think before you click! While online, an “update” pops up from Microsoft or Adobe
(which are sent from similar domains that anyone can register). You are asked to install
the update, but the bogus update really is malicious software.
Use your mouse.
Hover your mouse over a suspicious link and will show the actual web address.
The main way criminals infect PCs with malware is by luring users into clicking on a
link or opening an attachment. Don’t ever click on a link or open an attachment that
you weren’t expecting, no matter how tempting. Don’t assume it’s safe just because
you know the sender or because you are on a trusted site.
If you’re not using strong passwords, hackers could steal your money and your online identity.
Using the same password on all of your sites could allow the bad guys access to your entire
online world. Don’t ever use any personal in any of your passwords and never use a weak
password. Don’t use the same password on multiple sites.
Cybercriminals love to spy on public WiFi and trick users onto bogus networks. You may think
you just accessed the AT&T Wireless network, but you accessed a faked network.
Now the bad guys can gain access to your mobile device and see everything you’re doing online.
Don’t trust open or public WiFi to do anything confidential or access anything confidential.