Internet Safety/Security – Part 2
January 10, 2014
Internet Safety/Security – Part 2
This is part 2 of the blog on keeping yourself safe on the internet and your information with you and not a hacker or other ner’do well. I do apologize for not posting this sooner, things got a bit hectic in the last days of 2013 and early 2014. But without further ado!
Changing your passwords at least on a quarterly basis, is a good way not to be hacked and keep them wondering and worrying about their efforts. And if they start worrying about it, then you’re not worth it and they’ll move to someone else’s computer.
It’s estimated that a password containing 8 symbols can confound the common hacker for as much as 6 months, symbols meaning numbers, letters (upper and lower case), and the symbols above the numbers on the keyboard. If you can lengthen it, not to mention remember it, to 15 then it’ll take the average hacker more than a trillion years to hack your password. And even with the programs for such things it’ll take years to find it, which hopefully, you’ll have changed it by then!
An example is this; I love Eileen. 1 l0v3 3i!een
You have to be careful with your web surfing as well. Too many times, you can click on a link within an e-mail and it will re-route you to a different website. One with viruses and malware, which as you know can be trouble,
The best advice I can provide if you want to web surf, is to never click on a link within an e-mail. Keep your security settings as high as you can and still allow you to surf. And lastly, type the name of a trusted website into the browser yourself, especially if you’re going there for the first time.
Once you’ve been to the site a couple of times it should be okay to keep it in your ‘favorites’ folder and just click on it. But if you’re shopping on-line, then look for the locked padlock on the corner of your screen before putting in your card or other personal info. This is one way that cyber criminals want to get a hold of your info and steal your identity.
One of the biggest crimes, and invisible ones, is identity theft. It’s one reason why illegal aliens get jobs and government benefits and someone else gets the blame and booted off disability or can’t buy a house, car, or anything else on credit.
You have to be aware of what you do on-line no matter what you’re doing on there. Clicking on bad links, downloading malware (unintentionally), opening phishing e-mails, sharing ‘open source software’, placing too much information on-line in social media, not to mention other personal financial information, and many other things
The world itself is a dangerous place to live. The internet is both a good thing and a bad one. It allows us to discover new worlds and fascinating new ideas. But it is also a bad thing, because of what people do with it i.e. trying to get something for nothing and endangering people’s lives with hacking and other nefarious schemes.
Any open network or radio frequency can be ‘hacked’. You have to be aware of these things and probably never do your banking or shopping on an open network. Ensure that your Wi-Fi network is secure, at home, and that if you have any internet accessible items in your house that you keep the firewalls, virus/malware protection up to date and you change your passwords frequently – at least quarterly.
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