Inter(net) Security and Online Safety
In todays day in age it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep your online identity safe. Especially when business giants like Sony, Bank of America and Microsoft are sending apology letters for security breaches. Which means someone has access to every piece of information about.com, like our social security numbers, bank account information, home addresses…you get the point.
The All American Solutions team believes Internet Security is top priority not only for.com as an organization, but for everyone who is using computers and mobile devices like tablets and smartphones. So we have put together a list of 3 practices that will help you fortify your online identity.
- Bulletproof Passwords – First and foremost, you should be using multiple passwords and not the same password for all of your accounts. Secondly take your time and make them difficult to guess by adding upper and lower case letters as well as numbers and special characters. If its easy to remember, it’s easy to crack. There is a FREE http://askthegeek.kennyhart.com/password-meter/ TOOL to help you identify how strong your password is. One last note, create an excel spreadsheet or word doc with all logins and passwords and keep in a safe place offline.
- S stands for SECURE – When purchasing something online or starting an account where you are entering private information such as your credit card number or social security number, make sure you pay attention to the web address. A secure website should read like this: HTTPS://www.fakewebsite.com
If there is no S at the end of HTTP, don’t use it.
- Social Security- No, We are not talking about the check you receive from the government. We are talking about all of the private information we share through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Information like our birthdays, addresses and telephone numbers are easy ways for people to piece together enough information to create fraudulent accounts and ultimately steal your identity. Through your accounts “Privacy Settings” you have the ability to control what information is shared with your friends and acquaintances through your social channels.
Our goal in sharing this information is to help you safeguard you and your family from any type of cyber attack that could potentially hurt you in anyway.
Keep checking back on our blog for more updated tips to keep your Internet experience, a safe one. Until next time…