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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Advisory: 5 Easy Ways to Protect Yourself Online

Tips from staysafeonline.org:

Every day, it seems we hear about a new internet scam, from Nigerian princesrequesting a wire transfer of $10,000 to online dating catfishing. As helpful as the internet can be, such stories are worrisome.

While the internet can sometimes seem like a jungle of a million different threats, you can take steps to protect yourself. Here are five easy, free and quick ways to safeguard yourself.
  1. Enable Two-Step Authentication
Also known as multi- or two-factor authentication or login approval – two-step verification provides an extra layer of security beyond your username and password to protect against account hijacking. When using this security mechanism, you will log in using your password and then be prompted verify your identity again. This second verification is usually done via a biometric (fingerprint or face scan), security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
Many websites and companies offer two-step verification, and they make it easy to set up this second layer – usually found in the settings section of your account. Using two-step authentication can help you feel more secure, especially for sites containing your financial information.
  1. Check a Site’s SSL Certificate ....
  2. Don’t Save Financial Information on Shopping Sites ...
  3. Be Careful Who You Trust  ...
  4. Create Strong, Unique Passwords ...

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