Your Online Security

Criminals are continuously developing new ways of capturing your bank and credit card details, as well as invading your personal privacy. So what steps should you take to maintain a high level of security?

Strengthen Your Computer’s Defences

 

A recent threat to your security is keylogging, whereby criminals can record every key stroke you make. Research by Microsoft has shown that one out of every fourteen downloads leaves malware on your computer. Conventional anti-virus software claim protection against keylogging malware, however these claims are misleading given the sophisticated methods being developed by the criminals.

 

So what is the answer? I would recommend the installation of military grade software developed by SFOR (StrikeForce Technologies), a publicly traded company. You will learn much more about their products by taking a look at their website

 

It’s easy to be tricked into downloading malicious software. Always check on the origin of an attachment before you open it. The same applies to links in emails, on social media and in pop up windows.

 

Personal Information Is Invaluable….Protect It

 

Never enter sensitive information on a webpage which is insecure. Check that the web address starts with https and has a padlock symbol. Never divulge your password or account number in response to a request by email, IM or on a social network.

 

Be vigilant……there are so many scams out there that a separate blog on scams would only scratch the surface. Remember the golden rule ‘If it sounds too good to be true it probably is’.

 

Passwords Can Be Cracked……So Make Them Strong And Keep Them Secret

 

Use long sentences or phrases which mix lowercase and capital letters, symbols and numbers. Don’t use the same password for all of your sites, especially sites that have sensitive financial information.

 

Take Care On Social Media Sites

 

A huge number of people can access your profile and glean sensitive information about you on social media sites. It is of vital importance that adjust your Settings and Options to ensure that only the ‘right’ people see this information.

 

Find out how people can search for you and make comments. Change your Settings to ensure your ‘friends’ are the ones you really want. Ultimately you may wish to block certain people.

 

Think carefully before posting anything…..would you be happy to see your post displayed on a billboard on the high street?

 

Don’t accept friends willy-nilly…..check their profiles and interests…..are they really friends you would like to have?

 

Keeping Kids Safe Online

 

The internet is not only a treasure trove of useful information, but also a potential minefield for youngsters. Grooming, bullying, financial scams are just a few of the potential dangers. You need to gain a child’s trust by showing an interest in their activities….this will enable you to monitor the sites they are visiting.

 

Discuss with your child what activities they can do and when and for how long they can go online. The subject of children’s security online is so huge, it is impossible to do it justice in this post. There are many websites on the subject…..I leave you with the links to two of them.

 

The Internet and Children: Advice for Parents

 

Internet Safety For Children

 

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