6 Tip for Staying Safe Online

The internet has brought about so many wonderful changes in the world. We can now video chat with friends and family in any country, we have new opportunities to work from home, and we can get our Christmas shopping done in just a few clicks. However, the web has also created new dangers of which we need to stay aware. That’s why Safer Internet Day (SID) was established more than a decade ago: to educate internet users with tips for staying safe online.

 

Scheduled for the first Tuesday in February, SID is now celebrated around the world as groups work together to make the internet a safer place for individuals and families. We want to join the effort to protect families like yours from online dangers such as identity theft, cyberbullying, and more, so we’ve put together some tips to help keep you safe.

 

Don’t share revealing photos.

Obviously, you should never send an explicit image to a stranger, but it’s better to never share intimate photos at all—even with your spouse. Computers and email accounts can get hacked, and a photo is difficult to remove once it’s posted online.

 

Use smart passwords.

Only use strong passwords that are unique to a single account. We know you can’t possibly remember dozens of passwords for the various sites you access, so use a password management system to keep track.   

 

Get scam savvy.

If you’re frequently online, then you’ll frequently encounter scams. Be wary of URLs sent in emails and social media messages (especially from people you don’t know) and make sure you know how to spot phishing. Also, be careful when you see an announcement claiming that you’ve won a contest you never entered or when you receive a message that says your computer has been infected with a virus—even if that message appears to come from Microsoft of Apple. These are all common scams.

 

Be careful about sharing your location.

It’s fun to post vacation photos on social media and share your excitement about a visiting new place. But broadcasting your vacation dates lets the public know that your home is unattended.  

 

Back up your data.

Cybercriminals often use ransomware to freeze computers, and then the owners might have to pay “ransoms” to get them unlocked. You can thwart these criminals by simply backing up your data.

 

Get identity theft insurance.

Identity theft insurance can help you recover if a cybercriminal gets your personal information (such as your social security number) and uses it to open credit cards in your name or commit other damaging crimes. At Hibbs Insurance, we offer identity theft protection as a part of some home insurance policies. Call us at (270) 554-2105 today and make sure this protection is included in your coverage.