Showing posts with label Online Identity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Online Identity. Show all posts

Safety Tips for Cyber Monday


Even if you survived the Black Friday shopping frenzy, it isn’t too late to make sure you protect yourself during Cyber Monday.  See 8 tips to ensure safe shopping online. 

  • Make sure your antivirus and malware protection software is up to date.
  • Update your browser.
  • Don’t click unknown links in your email.
  • Don’t use public computers and unsecured wireless connections.
  • Save or print all payment confirmations.
  • Use your credit card, not your debit card.
  • Update your passwords frequently.
  • Shop only on encrypted sites.  Websites that begin with “https” are encrypted, rather than just “http.”

 These tips should be followed during Cyber Monday (and really everyday) to help prevent identity thieves from accessing your personal information online.  Shop smart, and be safe!


Alert: Possible LinkedIn Breach


Today it was reported that there was a possible LinkedIn breach, and 6.5 million LinkedIn user’s passwords were leaked to a Russian hacker forum. 


Tip 1- If you are a LinkedIn user, you should change your current password. 


Tip 2- You should change any other account password that shares the same password as your LinkedIn account (as we pointed out on Twitter, our research indicates that this is a majority of folks).  For example, if you use the same password for LinkedIn and your online banking account, it may now be possible for these hackers to know both.  Protect yourself and change your password! 

Tips from the Street

Last week, TheStreet.com did a great job pulling together 9 tips for protecting your Online Identity.

There are 2 more I'd like to add to the list though.

First, I'd like to borrow one more from my bio to compliment this list: Beware of free public wifi. Don't use anything labeled as "free public wifi" to log into your email, social networking or online banking accounts. Thieves create and use these unsecured networks to swipe your logon credentials.

Second, there is seemingly an endless amount of quizzes and/or apps on social networks that ask you for personal information (find your Royal Name, or some such thing). Many of them divulge personal information that can be used to retrieve your account information. So please, be careful what you're sharing.

Posted by Christine