Ten Tips for Online SecurityHere are 10 ways to help keep your personal information safe and secure:
- Install anti-virus and spyware-detection software, and a firewall. Update on a regular basis, as recommended by the software providers.
- Keep your PC and browser updated. Be sure to download patches only from official vendors' websites, and not from third-party websites.
- Do not respond to e-mails, Web pages or telephone inquiries requesting you to verify your account information.
- Delete e-mails from unknown senders with nonsensical information or typos in the subject lines.
- Use your e-mail spam filter.
- Type URLs, don't click. If opening a suspicious e-mail, don't click on any links. Even if you think the e-mail is legitimate, type web addresses into your browser instead of clicking on links.
- Look beyond the logo. Scammers often include actual logos and images they have stolen from official websites. They also convey a sense of urgency, stating that if you fail to provide, update or verify your personal or account information, access to your accounts will be suspended.
- Use "strong" passwords and NEVER share your password with anyone. Choose an alphanumeric password that contains a mix of numbers, random characters and upper and lower case letters. Do not use numbers or words that can be easily guessed. It is good practice to change all your passwords every 30-60 days.
- Protect your personal information. Limit the amount of personal information you give online, including when using social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Be sure to read the site's privacy statement.
- Protect your credit card when shopping online. Make sure there is an "s" (for secure) after the http in the web address (i.e., https). Secondly, check to see if there is a locked padlock on the screen (usually in the lower right corner). Lastly, if you're not familiar with the company, try to confirm a physical address, not just a P.O. Box.
Thank you to Navy federal Credit Union for sharing this great information!!!