This advice can help you stay safe in cyberspace whether you're visiting social media or the local pizza place.
5 Tips to Help Protect Yourself Online
Though cybercriminals are on the prowl, a 2017 Pew Research Center study notes many people don’t adopt the best safeguards. Consider these tips to help protect yourself online.
- Avoid sharing private details on social media including your birthdate, address, or mother’s maiden name. Check your privacy settings regularly as well.
- Create a mobile wallet on your smartphone with a specialized payment app. It can be an easier and more secure purchase method than sharing your card info.
- Make sure you recognize the sender’s email address and not just the name. Don’t click a link if you’re not sure who sent it.
- Help play it safe away from home by using a virtual private network (VPN) instead of a public Wi-Fi network so cybercriminals won’t see anything but encrypted data.
- Change your passwords regularly, using at least eight characters including numbers and symbols. Avoid using the same password for all your accounts.
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