If you use email, FaceBook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter, any of over 60 social media apps, online games, online banking, online shopping, or have ever accessed the Internet you have likely been targeted and hacked!
First question is:
1) How vulnerable are you?
- Password Security (Yes you are guilty) – This is probably the greatest vulnerability
- Simple passwords, passwords used on multiple sites, no 2 Factor Authentication
- Mobile Security (Yes you are guilty)
- Accessed “free wi-fi”, no passcode on device or easy to guess
- Browsing Security (Yes you are guilty)
- Getting “Click-happy on links”, not checking for secure sites
- Email Security (Yes you are guilty)
- Getting “Click-happy on links”, not securing your email account
The next question is, what can you?:
What’s your password strategy?
Easy to remember – – Easy to hack. Hard to hack – – hard to remember? The best bet is an online Password Manager that creates strong passwords for each login and enters the passwords for you.
Here at the school we use a program called “1password” which can be shared/accessed by multiple mobile devices, desktop computers, and multiple family members.
Check out their blogs and support pages at https://blog.1password.com
Hackers are getting more sophisticated and difficult to detect – all they need to do is get you to let down your guard for just a few minutes.
Where’s your email been?
A majority of websites now ask you to use an email address for your login and most link your access verification to an email. This means that your email account may be one of the most vulnerable areas of your Internet presence. A lot of compromised email accounts are due to companies being hacked and a lack of good security on your part.
Check your email: Enter your email address in the following page – it will return a list of sites your email(s) may have been compromised on (shows you the need for changing email passwords.)
What is the answer?
Your best defense is a good offense:
- Set secure passwords on all logins – use 2 Factor Authentication as much as possible
- Don’t click links in emails unless you are 100% sure of their origin (ie call the sender and ask)
- Don’t give out personal/financial info to any unsolicited email, phone call, text, social media post
- When in doubt – – Check it out – – ask a friend to help you be safe
Remember – once it’s on the Internet – It’s forever on the Internet