Safer Internet Day: 10 Tips to Protect Yourself Online


6. Secure your wireless connection.
Just as important is protecting the way you get onto the Internet. Make sure you have protected your home wireless network with a password and you have changed the default SSID (your network's name) -- that means changing it from "Linksys" to something else. When connecting to public Wi-Fi networks be safe about what information you are sending over it. Siciliano recommends using HotSpot Shield, a program that determines the safety of the network.

7. Shop only at safe sites.
We went over some shopping safety tips around the holiday season, but make sure the site has a little padlock icon next to the address and it has an HTTPS address before putting in your credit card number. Siciliano also says keep a close eye on your credit card bills for suspicious charges. In addition, make sure to look at the site and make an educated decision about its legitimacy. Googling it also make sense to see if any others have had issues with it.

8. Think before clicking links.
Clicking links is second nature on the Internet, but Siciliano says we should be careful before we click those lines of text. "Anybody can create a template that looks like a bank and make it easy to click links and then access my computer or online account," he says. Be vigilant about what links you click in an email, especially when they come from companies. Also, don't click on odd direct messages or Facebook messages with links. If you're friends are sending exciting photos they aren't going to do it via a link.

9. Protect your phone with a password.
Your phone is now a computer and can have as much or even more personal information than your laptop or desktop. Both experts firmly advised you password-protect smartphones. Siciliano said that Android users should also consider security software or apps. McAfee provides an Antivirus and security app in Google's Play store.

10. Pay attention.
It might be obvious, but just remember that if you're using any Internet service or Web browser you have to be smart.

"You have to do the right thing and put systems in place -- you know it's raining, you put on a rain jacket," Siciliano said. "You're on the Internet, you protect yourself with the right tools."

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 18404839.
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...