The 3 Nevers of Computer Security
October 28, 2015
Identity theft is one of the leading cybercrimes in the U.S that will continue to increase every year. Let’s just face it: it can be a headache having your social security or credit card number taken without your permission. But, with these easy 3 steps, you can avoid the pain sooner than later!
1. Never trust anyone online
If you receive an email urging you to click a link, even if it is someone you know personally, DON’T DO IT. Majority of the time it is usually a scam or in computer terms, phishing. You don’t want to be the next victim, so never click a link in your email unless you are 100% sure. Click here to learn more about Phishing help from the University of Michigan Information Technology Services!
2. Never use the same password for websites
It can be so easy to use the same password so you will not have to forget and reset your password every time you use a site. Let me just say that it is better to forget your password and press the ‘forgot password’ button to reset it, then use the one password for all of your sites. If you are one of those people that can’t seem to come up with a good password, check out these tips here. Trust me, once hackers have one password they’re only a few steps away from your bank accounts. Speaking of bank accounts…
3. Never enter credit card information online without checking to see if the website is secure
One key thing to know is if you can see your password when you are typing; never enter it if it does not have those stars or dots (where you are not able to see it). Just remember if you are about to enter your debit or credit card number make sure the website begins with “https” because that assures protection. The ‘S’ at the end of “https” stands for ‘Secure’ and communications are encrypted. Otherwise, the information you access is not encrypted, meaning your information may be easily accessible to hackers.
Although these tips may seem like common sense, they are essential to protecting your online identity and keeping that headache away!
About the Author:
Malaysha White is a student at the University of Michigan who studies Information Science and how to use information to make organizations better.