5 Ways to Stay Secure Online

5 Ways to Stay Secure Online

We handle many different problems each week but the majority of calls we get are from people who got in trouble by clicking something they shouldn’t have. Here are 5 tips to keep you secure online.  

1. Hook up to a network that you know.

Free Wi-Fi is tempting, but be sure that you consider who is providing the connection. Public connections at the local coffee shop are usually unsecured and leave your machine open to outsiders. While these networks provide a convenience, there are risks to be aware of.  Check out this post at pixelprivacy.com for a more in depth post about the dangers of public Wi-Fi.

2. Bank and shop with caution.

Shopping from familiar websites is a good place to start. Stick with the reputable sites that are tried and true – like Amazon or eBay. Also, when checking out and finalizing the purchase, look for the ‘padlock’ symbol or the abbreviation ‘https’ in the address bar at the top of your browser. This will ensure that you are on a secure, encrypted part of this webpage. Keeping an eye on your bank statements for suspicious activity is always a good idea, among these other best practices for shopping online. Read more