Continuing from Sandford Tuey’s Part 1 article, here are the next four Security Tips. Should you want to read the first 3 Security Tips click here.
- Divulging Secure Sensitive Information Can Be Harmful
Never reveal your sensitive information on websites you are not sure are real and secure. Be extra careful of anyone or companies requesting funds or payments, even if you have dealt with the company for years. It is common for criminals to send you fake invoices and bills demanding payment. Be extra careful when you pay anything or give out financial data, passwords or a Social Security Insurance Number.
Disconnect from any suspected website or online connection and head to the real website you have visited before or phone and confirm that the company asking for your info or charging you is the actual real company you normally deal with. You should also be careful when you are using social media like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Instagram. It is alleged, that beside the minefield of criminals and their deceptive tactics, that International Intelligence companies are shareholders in many internet groups, like the ones mentioned above.
Revealing innocent information like your pet’s name, mother’s maiden name or short number combinations or common words can help identity thieves. Also, do not use personal known info as your security questions on websites, they could be figured out and tested until they choose the one that works.
- Avoid Opening Unknown Email
Never open email or attachments from suspicious or unknown sources. Contact directly any family, friends or especially strangers on your contact list and be even more wary of those that are not. Anyone’s account can be hacked and could be used to approach you or those on friends and contact lists. If an email from someone you regularly communicate with has a suspicious link or a suspicious URL and unusual content, delete it immediately. Then alert the authorities and person that his or her account may be compromised. Prevent phishing and hacking by bringing in a professional representative at Max Pro-Tech to protect you from becoming a target.
- Use Secure Strong Passwords All the Time
Don’t let your computer, laptop or mobile device remember your password if it prompts you to do it for any reason. It is more secure for you to enter the password and entry email every time. That way if someone steals your device, they cannot easily access your accounts. Well worth the extra time to get into your important accounts like your online financial institutions, secure servers, Intellectual Property accounts, legal counsel accounts, etc.
- Warning Rogue Websites
Clandestine Rogue websites are difficult to detect and very dangerous to click on or enter. Check for the Green lock in the address bar, then ensure the code prefix ‘http://’ at the beginning of every URL, especially when logging into financial Institution sites, entering your Debit card, Credit card info or when accessing email. Always be careful shopping online at websites that are located or ship items from overseas. Clicking on unknown links in your email Inbox is very dangerous and it is best to go directly to their website to check them out first.
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