The internet has made it easy for the average person to do common tasks like banking, watching movies, sharing photos with family, and shopping, all without leaving the comfort of their own homes. This increases their physical safety, as they no longer need to visit ATMs in dark alleys in the middle of the night, but it still leaves them open to predators who lurk in the dark alleys of the internet waiting to take advantage of naive new users who don't know hot to protect themselves. If you're concerned about your online safety, this website has the information that you need.
The first step to having a safe internet experience is always to secure your network. Most people these days have wireless networks, which means anyone nearby can access it - and your information - unless you take the time to password protect it. Most modems and routers have this feature, and we can teach you the basic steps to securing your network through your modem or router and the action you should take if you suspect it has been breached. Some networks, such as the public networks in cafes and libraries, should never be used to send sensitive information.
Of course, you can't protect your sensitive personal information if you don't know what qualifies as sensitive. Most people don't consider their address, phone number, or birth date to be sensitive, but they are. Identity thieves often don't need to know much about you before they can take out loans or credit cards in your name. Other types of predators are also on the lookout for your address and schedule information, so sharing these things can leave you open to home invasions and burglaries. Even child predators can do a lot with a simple photo of your kid, so always protect what you share. We can show you how.
One important step in the security process is to make sure you're browsing on secured sites only. Sites that are not secured cannot protect the information that you send them, meaning that your personal information, like credit card numbers or addresses, could be leaking through cracks in the site and landing in the laps of identity thieves. Basic methods for browsing security include checking for the https mark in the address bar and checking for the locked symbol in your browser window, but we can also teach you some more advanced tricks.
It's one thing to be careful what you send, but you also have to be careful what you bring back into your computer as well when you venture onto the internet. Downloaded files can contain all sorts of nasty surprises, from malicious viruses to spyware to worms to Trojan horses. A good internet security suite will protect you from casual attacks, but only knowledge can keep you truly safe from some of the e-pollution floating around out there. We can give you that information. Browse the navigation bar to choose an article and start learning. To find out more about protecting yourself or how you can get any stolen information changed, contact a legal professional like the team at www.MakeItSeven.ca