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Protect Yourself Online

What does it mean to protect yourself online? Why should you do it?

Although these questions should seem obvious to the regular computer user, it is often overlooked or assumed. We often put too much trust upon the Internet to protect our privacy, and our lives. What we overlook is there is always someone out there looking for an opportunity and you may be the target.

Identity theft is still out there, but now it targets a larger audience in ways we never would not have imagined two years ago. The Target security breach is a perfect example of this. People's lives can be turned upside down by simply clicking on the wrong web address or clicking on a wrong link.

If, or perhaps when, you find yourself in a position that you need to protect your online information ask the following question, what can I do?

What Can I do?

  • Do not reply to emails requesting your username and password
  • Do not click on links in emails, copy and paste the website name into your browser instead
  • Do not open or forward suspicious looking emails
  • Do not respond to emails or Instant Messages from people you do not know
  • Do not send confidential information through Instant Messages or in emails unless you can encrypt them
  • Do not share your password or credentials with others for any reason
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack