Keeping Your Information Safe on the Internet: LoginsPosted: July 18, 2014
While the internet has become a much more secure place in the last ten years, it’s still important to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest trends in personal security and information protection. SolidTrust Pay works hard to keep our site secure for members. We have excellent programming and customer support staff standing by to cross-check transactions, suspicious activity, and online trends. These are all measures we take to better serve and project our members.
But what can members do to protect themselves?
Here are some helpful tips on keeping your information secure in all aspects of online use:
Protect Your Personal Information
- Be aware of what information you are sharing online through Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Media sites
- Never include Banking information in email correspondence or direct messages
- Resist typing usernames and email addresses on message-boards or online forums
- Update your anti-virus and malware programs regularly
- Update your passwords often
- Use at least 10 characters
- Use both upper and lower case letters
- Use numbers and symbols (if allowed)
- Be aware of what websites your children visit
- Make sure you have open communication concerning online activity
- Check your browser for Parental Controls to ensure safe access
- Talk to your children regularly about the risks they could face while browsing
Phishing and Scams
A common tactic used by scammers on the net is “Phishing“. Phishing is a type of scam where the scammers disguise themselves as a trustworthy source in attempt to obtain private information such as passwords, and credit card information through the internet. Phishing often occurs through emails and instant messaging and may contain links to websites that direct the user to enter their private information. These fake websites are often designed to look identical to their legitimate counterparts to avoid suspicion from the user.
Most companies will not ask you for your login info. If you are contacted by email by a company asking for your personal information, quickly checking the email address for it’s validity will save you a lot of grief. When in doubt, contact the company that an email is claiming to be from over the phone, in most cases they will be able to verify that they did not in fact send you an email asking for sensitive information.
On the internet, personal information is big business, so it’s important that you are aware of the risks and apply caution to what you share and where you share it. Most importantly, having this knowledge in your corner allows you to use the internet with confidence and eliminates that risk to a large extent.
Here at SolidTrust pay, we too see personal information as big business. It’s OUR business to protect your information and keep you informed.