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Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Personal Information Online

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Major data breaches happen every day. Companies of all sizes can fall victim to a slew of cyber-attacks, including phishing, malware and ransomware. Leaks often occur due to individuals making simple mistakes while traversing the web that allow attackers to prey on them and their colleagues.

Below are 5 tips to help you combat cyber-related crimes:

1. Create Strong Passwords

The more difficult it is for a cyber criminal to guess your password, the less likely they are to infiltrate your accounts. Choose combinations of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols, and change them from time to time. Avoid using your birthday, and try to create unique passwords for each site you visit. Using a password manager like LastPass is a safe and easy way to keep track of all of your passwords.

2. Think Before You Click

Do your best not to open attachments or links from people you do not personally recognize, or if the message somehow makes you suspicious. Since scammers operate on fear and urgency, if you take a breath before clicking on a link, you are less likely to trip on something dangerous.

3. Make Sure the Site is Secure

Before you enter personal information into a website, look at the top of your browser for a lock symbol and “https” at the beginning of the URL. These two signs indicate if a site is secure. Antivirus software like Webroot will also help you determine which links are safe when you’re searching the internet.

4. Avoid Oversharing on Social Media

You will obviously not share photos of your address, driver’s license, credit card or other personal media, but sometimes you may share sensitive details without realizing it. For example, if location services are enabled, thieves could gather data about where you live or if you are traveling. Additionally, posting too many intimate details about your life may put you at risk. Check your privacy settings to make sure you filter out people who you do not want seeing personal information.

5. Try Not to Use Free or Public Wi-Fi

Most public Wi-Fi networks have very few security measures in place, which means that others using that network can easily gain access to your computer. Relying on unprotected internet puts you at risk of exposing sensitive information, like your credit card and other valuable private details, and being attacked with malware.

Taking your cybersecurity seriously and being proactive about your online activity will help to prevent dangerous and costly attacks. Partnering with a Managed Service Provider can enable you and your team to become more aware and secure as you go about your business.

For additional information about DRP Solutions’ Managed IT Services, be sure to contact us today.