Online Security Protection Tips
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Online Security Protection Tips

1. Update Software Promptly - Running the most current and complete set of code available will provide you with the most secure form of the product. When updates are delayed or skipped, flaws will remain in your environment, which can be discovered and exploited by attackers.

2. Overlook the “Remember Me” on devices - Never use the “save username and password” option on your browser within mobile and online. If or when a device has been compromised, the fraudster will have access to all online accounts where the username and password were saved.

3. Do not spell words correctly - When developing a password this is the only time in which it is ok to spell words incorrectly or to use bad grammar. A hacker can crack passwords within three minutes or less. Do not use personal information when creating a password, but consider making spelling errors in a password that you can remember.

4. Unique, Long and Strong Passwords - A hacker can often crack dictionary passwords within minutes. Do not use personal information when creating a password and it is ok to spell words incorrectly or to use bad grammar when creating a password. The longer the password, the better and using a combination of lower case, upper case, numbers and special characters improve the security. Passwords should be unique and never used on multiple systems or sites.

5. Security Awareness - Social engineering attacks can occur in a face-to-face encounter, over the phone, through email, or through text messages. Being aware that such attacks are possible and being on guard against them is the first step to being secure. All communications can be falsified or spoofed. So, take the effort to verify identity before you depend on your assumptions. Physical security is also important. If your device is lost or stolen, without logical access controls in place, your sensitive data could be in the hands of fraudsters. Security awareness should embrace legitimate, social and physical security concerns.