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Published On: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017

Four Ways To Protect Your Information And Your Identity

From money hacks to identity theft, the information you share and use online is not inherently safe. You have to do something to protect it, just as much as you need to do things to save the content on your computer. Backing up your system is only step one in protecting the things you do with today’s technology.

Losing data through files on a corrupted computer can be devastating, but not as stressful as having your identity stolen or someone getting a hold of your credit card numbers and max your cards out. Here are some things you need to be doing to protect everything that belongs to you in this world of virtual shopping and communicating.

Virus Protection

Make sure that you have virus protection, and not just on your laptop or desktop computer. If you have a smartphone you download apps on or get online with, it needs virus protection as well. Your smartphone could be full of nastiness. If you’ve felt it has been running slow lately you definitely want to run a scan on it.

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Fighting Malware And Adware

Viruses aren’t the only things that can affect your tech devices. Phones, tablets, and computers that are used to get online for anything are at risk for adware, spyware, and malware attacks. Many times these attacks are laid as the groundwork to steal your credit card or banking information.

Download a good malware protection software or app on your devices and computers Run scans any time you’ve had to visit any shady websites (and before you’re making online purchases).

Protecting Your Credit Cards

If you shop online, even if you’re going to be a one-time buyer, you need to make sure that you are doing it safely. Only purchase through reputable websites. Make sure that the site starts with HTTPS, which tells you it’s secure and safe. Even shopping inside a store can be a risk these days.

Many of the security breaches that have happened over the past few years, like those at Home Depot and Target, affecting people that shopped in store, as opposed to online. The new chip activated credit cards are meant to help cut down on such breaches, but they are too new to know if they’re doing good. You can also purchase RFID wallets to protect your cards from scanners that can read them, but it doesn’t protect from the ones people place on gas pumps and ATMs.

Sharing Info Online

If you do a lot of sharing online, maybe sending personal information through emails, you may want to get versed in encryption. This can help protect your personal information and ensure it’s only seen by the people you want it to be seen by.

Author: Anna Johansson

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