Tips For Staying Safe Online!

 Staying safe on line is important to us all.  One of the best ways to stay safe is to have a good password and to change your password often.  When creating your password avoid dictionary words, familiar names, phone number, things important to you, etc.  They are the easiest for people to guess.  It is best to use a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.  The more characters you use the harder it is for hackers to figure out.  We recommend  (8+).  Once you have decided on your password it is important to protect it.  You should memorize your passwords, and not write them down.  Do not share your passwords.  Avoid using one password for all your log-ins.  Don’t give your passwords to someone for assistance unless you verify they are who they say they are.  Avoid logging in from public computers.  Change your passwords frequently, at lease monthly.

Some password managers you might want to research: RoboForm (Windows and browsers)Keepass (All platforms)1Password (Mac)

You can find lots of computer safety tips online.  Check out this video we found from the Youtube.com video network.

You also should never open emails from people you do not know or if you suspect it might be spam.   Hackers can send you emails with programs written into the email that will allow them to steal your passwords or save your key stokes.  Meaning they will copy what you type, including your passwords.  A common way to gain control of a website, email account, bank account, etc. is for a hacker to have a key logger installed on the computer of the victim.  If this is something that concerns you, it is possible to use password protection software or to even copying and paste your passwords instead of typing them.  You could save your passwords to a flash drive and then copy and paste them when needed.  This is not a full proof plan, but it makes it harder for people to get them.  Unless you lose the flash drive that is.. lol  This is defiantly a good idea if your using a public computer.  You have no idea what has been download on it.

It is also important to have a good anti virus program on your computer.  You should update and run it often.

If you’re looking for safety tips for your kids while their online, this is a school web site that I found that had some great tips for young kids.  Cranberry Primary School breaks computer safety tips down in age groups.  Plus, I am linking to their artwork because I liked it : )  That is where I got the computer guy above.

If you have some other great internet safety tips feel free to comment about them.

 

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