Online Privacy: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

There’s a lot of information out there regarding the Equifax breach and online privacy so our staff pulled together some of our favorite and most trusted resources and made a topic guide to help you navigate data privacy issues.

One of the featured links on this list is the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Information website, which is an excellent resource for topics related to online security, identity theft, and protecting kids online.

We’ve also compiled a brief list of quick tips and resources that can help you keep your personal data private:

1. Keep your personal information safe by creating stronger passwords. Learn more at https://sway.com/HS5ViWw1cJJeSnS8

2. Learn how to recognize safe URLs, emails, and attachments, and avoid phishing attacks: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafety/avoiding-spam-and-phishing/1/

3. Consider using Two-Step Verification (aka Multi-factor authentication or two-factor authentication) as an extra layer of security, but understand its limitations: https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-security-setting-you-must-always-turn-on-1505700241

4. Update software, apps, and operating systems when prompted. These updates fix bugs in the previous versions and often include security updates.

5. Learn the difference between public and private wireless networks and how to keep your devices protected: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/internetsafety/wifi-security/1/

And one final piece of advice: banks and government offices (i.e. Social Security Administration or the IRS) will never email, text, or call you to verify your name, address, social security number or other identifying information. So delete those emails and hang up the phone to keep your information private!

posted: , by Meg Gray
tags: Adults | Seniors | Science & Technology
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