Tips on How to Stay Safe Online In 2017

Next year is another year of challenge for security experts to provide the best protection to the consumers. We are living in an age where new ways of stealing consumers’ personal and financial data online were always made each day by cybercriminals.

We are aware of this predicament, so we would like to offer some help even if it’s through our posts. We prepared the following tips to help you stay safe online and to ready yourself for the next year filled with internet security challenges.

Always install updates on your software

This should be applied in each of your electronic devices, not just in your desktop or laptop but also in your mobile devices and television as well. It is very important for the general public to understand how crucial updating software is. Software companies are creating new ways to stop cybercriminals’ new ways of stealing your private information, and they promptly release fixes for those vulnerabilities through their updates.

Steer clear of “phishing” scams

We’ve discussed this many times already but phishing aims to steal your sensitive data by making you submit those data into their bogus websites. Be extra careful because “phishers” can copy the exact page of a legitimate website. Closely examine a website and double check its URL, because fake sites often have a slight difference to the genuine one. This also applies to email phishing scams because attackers can make an email looks legitimate, carefully check its email address because there could be some characters that don’t match the real company’s email address.

Your account should have recovery contacts

If you can’t log in to your account, you can be sure that companies will have other channels to confirm your identity by adding a recovery contact to your account. It is often in the form of a phone number or an alternate email address. Recovery contacts serve as the companies’ bridge of communication to you in case your account has been compromised.

Use a unique password for each account you have

If you have various accounts for different websites, never use the same password. We understand some people’s misery regarding this matter, because according to them, passwords are difficult to remember. The solution we see for this problem is using a password manager to better handle your passwords.

Set up a two-factor authentication or 2FA

Two-step authentication process further adds security to your account by requiring another code along with your remembered password. The code is sent to your smartphone via text or generated by an app. Even if the bad guys have your username and password, they can’t access your account without the code sent to your mobile device.

Tips mentioned above are only a few of several ways you can protect yourself online. Just always be extra careful and have some knowledge about the latest news on internet security. Our site will always provide help to you against internet fraud, phishing scams or identity theft every day.

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