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10 Simple Ways to Stay Safe Online

Cybercrime is such an incredibly lucrative illegal business. Unfortunately, there is such a low risk and a high return that cybercrime is evolving at a rapid rate.

It’s not going to slow down anytime soon. McAfee recently released a report showing the global cost over cybercrime at nearly $600 billion dollars. That’s a shocking $45 billion MORE since the year 2014. The risk is high, so what can you do to stay safe? Here are 10 steps to keep your personal and business assets safe:

  1. Be careful when posting online: It’s important to avoid sharing anything you wouldn’t want to directly tell a stranger. Don’t announce large purchases, vacations or anything that involves where you’re located.
  2. Avoid public wi-fi whenever possible: If you must use public wi-fi, don’t access anything sensitive, such as online banking websites, using public wi-fi. You can use a VPN to ensure a secure connection when needed.
  3. Watch what you’re downloading: Don’t get tricked into downloading malware disguised as a trusted application. This is an easy way to end up with viruses and other threats installed on your device.
  4. Follow best practices for passwords: This means using complex, hard-to-guess combinations of numbers, letters, and symbols. You should also avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.
  5. Review your privacy settings: Make sure you’re not showing your browsing and/or social media usage to the world. Check your privacy settings to make sure they’re locked down.
  6. Use two-factor authentication: Two-factor authentication is available for many online services nowadays. This is especially important for online banking. You will need to enter a code sent to your mobile phone, as well as your standard password.
  7. Watch out for unsecure websites: If a website doesn’t have a padlock next to the address of use HTTPS instead of HTTP, it’s not secure. Be careful entering any sensitive information.
  8. Don’t trust everyone you meet online: This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people are tricked into communicating with cybercriminals looking to lure sensitive information out of them.
  9. Be careful when clicking on links: Be aware of how phishing works. Cybercriminals often create phoney email accounts to send emails with links that take the recipient to a malicious website.
  10. Always apply updates and/or bug fixes: Whenever one of your programs has a new update or bug fix available, apply it immediately. Keep your systems up-to-date and make sure you’re using the latest version of your browser.

Watch the complete video to learn more about each point mentioned above. Questions? Call us at (800) 875-8843 or send us an email: itsolutions@kimidatlantic.com.