In today's modern world of personal and professional data breaches and identity theft I wanted to write a best practices while surfing the internet. See some of the great tips below to assist in keeping you safe at work or at home.
What is safe browsing?
Many people use the Internet on a daily basis without trouble, but it can harbor some hidden dangers to you and your computer. These risks can include exposure of sensitive personal information and infection by malware, which includes viruses, spyware, and adware. Safe browsing means being aware of these online threats and taking the necessary steps to avoid them.
It only takes a little bit of effort, a few tools, and some basic information to be safe as you browse the Internet. Follow these guidelines to protect your personal information and your computer online.
Install protective software
Guard personal information
Be wary of Internet downloads
Roaming users say no to public WiFi
In a recent survey, 70% of tablet owners and 53% of smartphone / mobile phone owners stated that they use public Wi-Fi hotspots. However, because data sent through public Wi-Fi can easily be intercepted, many mobile device and laptop users are risking the security of their personal information, digital identity, and money. Furthermore, if their device or computer is not protected by an effective security and anti-malware product… the risks are even greater. If you must use public WiFi please follow the tips listed below.
Wireless Security tips – keeping you safe on public Wi-Fi
With coffee shops, hotels, shopping malls, airports, and many other locations offering their customers free access to public Wi-Fi, it’s a convenient way to check your emails, catch up on social networking, or surf the web when you’re out and about. However, cyber criminals will often spy on public Wi-Fi networks and intercept data that is transferred across the link. In this way, the criminal can access users’ banking credentials, account passwords, and other valuable information.
Plug the phone into a power source. ...
Open the Settings app. ...
Touch the More item in the Wireless & Networks section, and then choose Tethering & Portable Hotspot.
Passwords alone do not work alone any longer
With more and more services going online or in the “Cloud” It is time for individuals and companies alike step up your security by implementing a fast growing technology 2FA (2 form factor authentication) Sounds scary right? Really not a big deal let's explain in layman's terms basically today when you go to a website you have to login with a username and password. If you are like a lot of folks you will use the same password for all of your web properties such as facebook, linkedin, twitter and google. The problem with such strategy is that once a hacker obtains your password the hacker can then login to all of your web properties with one fail swoop. If you want to use the same username and password for all of your web properties then you could go a step further to secure yourself by turning on 2FA. Once you have activated 2FA you will then enter a username, password and a unique code that will be texted to your smartphone or cellphone. This code is only valid for a period of time before the code expires. The advantage here is that you are the one that has the device and a hacker would need access to your physical device to get into your accounts.