What would we do without the Internet? Most of us have come to rely on e-mail, websites and social media to stay connected in our personal and business worlds. Unfortunately, we also know the down side of being so connected – criminals are lurking online just waiting for the next vulnerable user.
According to Marcus Sachs, VP National Security Policy at Verizon, it is possible to be safe online; but it requires that you educate yourself and remain diligent at all times. Sachs offers these tips to help you to protect yourself:
- Be sure that all your local computer’s software is up-to-date with the most recent versions, and protect your laptop from theft.
- Online, think carefully before posting personal information and photos, use strong/complex passwords and avoid phishing schemes by avoid using suspicious links.
- Be careful when sharing files from your home network, and take time to know exactly who will receive your replies to e-mails and online posts.
- Before you have an issue, know whom to contact for help, and take action immediately when you suspect a problem has occurred.
If you use e-mail and go online – and who doesn’t these days – then you are at risk for identity theft and other cyber crimes. Don’t wait until it is too late, get the peace of mind to use your online resources by first checking with your insurance agent to find out how to use your insurance coverages to best protect yourself against these new threats.
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