Is My Identity Safe Online?

When you’re posting pictures from vacation, or paying your energy bill or entering your credit card information to buy something online, sometimes you can’t help but think, “Is my identity safe online?”

Don’t worry – what follows is good news. Your identity can be safe online. You just have to be smart, have the right tools and right awareness.

Step 1: A secure Internet connection

Before sharing information online, make sure you have a secure Internet connection. That doesn’t just mean it’s up and working – it also means that strangers can’t log on your network.

Probably the biggest gateway to your home Internet connection is your Wi-Fi network. The easiest thing for you to do is make your wireless network password protected. Just by setting up a password, you’re helping to eliminate the chance that a hacker could gain control of your network and even lock you out of it.

One helpful hint: because a lot of us use Apple TV/Roku/Chromecast, it’s smart to choose a password that is complicated enough that can’t be cracked, but easy enough that you won’t get frustrated typing it in with your smartphone keyboard or TV remote.

Step 2: use anti-virus software

Yup, no surprise here. One of the easiest things you can do is install an anti-virus software program for at-home Internet security. A simple firewall can help prevent harmful viruses that could potentially apprehend your personal information, like passwords and credit card numbers.

Tips to keep in mind

Check below for some general home Internet security and mobile security tips:

  • Don’t open emails, or click on links in emails, if you aren’t 100% of the sender.
  • Try not to overshare online – don’t mention if you’ll be out of town and out of the house.
  • Only shop on sites that are certified secure (https://….)
  • Password protect your devices, and even turn on two-step verification.

Following these simple tips and you’ll feel better about your home Internet security!

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