Real Living Wareck D'Ostilio
The Urban Specialists, Real Living Wareck D'OstilioPhone: (203) 668-7350
Email: [email protected]

Protect Yourself Online

by The Urban Specialists 04/14/2019

We risk being hacked every day. This risk can expose our financial, retail, and personal online accounts to intruders for malicious use, so it is important to be able to identify weak points and know how to protect them.

Know your email inbox.

Email is a potential area for malicious behavior to occur. Do not open emails from unknown people. Avoid opening attachments or clicking on internet links from unsolicited emails. Exercise caution with emails that have embedded links and images. Delete emails that make outlandish claims or offers that are too good to be true, just never even open them. 

Take precautions on social networks.

Social networking sites and their apps are convenient means for sharing personal information with family and friends. Open sharing can increase your risks. To protect yourself avoid posting information such as your home address, phone number, places of employment any other personal information. Limit the access to information to friends only and verify any new friend request. Review the security policies available from your social network provider quarterly or when the terms of use policy changes. Opt out of exposing personal information to search engines. Take precautions concerning any unsolicited request and links.

Guard your account access.

Keep your passwords secure and take steps to minimize misuse of password recovery options. Use different passwords for your accounts, not the same one for everything. Disable the feature that allows websites or programs to remember passwords. Change your passwords periodically. A standard password recovery method for sites is challenge questions. To prevent an attacker from leveraging any personal information, consider answering challenge questions with lies that you can easily remember, but that someone who looks up your history wouldn’t know. Avoid storing passwords and answers to challenge questions in plain text. If available use multi-factor authentication for logging into websites. Example of this is a passcode or pin is emailed, texted, or even provided to you on phone call.

Exercise caution when using public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Many locations such as coffee shops, hotels, libraries, and airports have wireless hotspots for customers to access the internet. The security of these hotspots cannot be guaranteed. Exercise caution when accessing any personal or financial accounts is necessary. When you can, use your cellular network to access the internet instead of a public hotspot. These days most of us have 4G cell network service that can be used for internet access instead of a public Wi-Fi hotspot. 

The next time you connect to a public Wi-Fi hotspot, post something, or email, remember to be aware of your online presence.

About the Author
Author

The Urban Specialists

CITY RESOURCES The great thing about urban centers is just how much stuff you find around you. Your favorite restaurants, cultural activities and museums are within walking distance of your front door. It's convenient and adds to how much you get out of your place. For more info on New Haven, check out these links: Info New Haven Visit New Haven We are passionate about the environment. We are eager to help you to add value to your current home, save money on utilities, make your lives more energy efficient and eco-friendly, and generally live a "greener" lifestyle, all without sacrifice. For more info on green living in New Haven, visit these sites: CT DEEP Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven USGBC's Green Home Guide We care about historic properties and their communities and wish to encourage preservation of our community's architectural and cultural history. For more info on New Haven preservation, check out these links: CT Trust for Historic Preservation New Haven Preservation Trust Historic Homes Downtown Areas Neighborhoods Green Homes Bethany Branford Guilford Hamden New Haven North Haven Orange West Haven Woodbridge Olivia C. Martson Olivia Martson is a long time resident of New Haven. She lives and works in downtown New Haven and is thoroughly familiar with the pros and cons of urban living. From 1992-1997, she served on the New Haven Board of Alderman as the elected representative for Ward 2, the downtown neighborhood immediately west of Yale University. Fore more : Biography - http://media.mlspropertyfinder.com/418613/preview.jpg