4 Things you should do to amp up your internet security

Regardless of whether you use old, cheap computers or the latest Apple Mac desktop, security is an ongoing process as more of our lives, purchases and data is being recorded online. Here are 4 things you should do to be safer online.

Some Things to do for Internet Security

1. Smart passwords
Don’t reuse the same password you’ve had for twenty years and definitely don’t choose weak passwords such as Password1. Enable two-step authentication where possible and be careful how you answer your recovery questions. With everyone blogging and using social media it wouldn’t take much to find the answer to, ‘what is your mother’s maiden name?’ or ‘what was the name of your first pet?’ Use coded answers for your recovery questions.

2. Password Manager Applications
Password manager apps, such as 1Password, will store and encrypt your password data. Use random password generators to select complex passwords for all your accounts and you don’t have to worry about trying to remember them! You simply choose one very strong and secure main password which will protect all your other passwords.

3. Sign into third-party websites with Google, Facebook, and Twitter etc.
There are sites where you can log in using existing media channels and skip the account sign up process. We recommend assigning a unique complex password to your Google account and using it to sign in to third party sites when the opportunity arises.
When signing in with Google, the new site doesn’t keep your password or other information.
Consider all the sites you’ve signed up to just to collect a freebie or make a one-off purchase; your information is in that site’s database long after you abandon it. If you use your Google account to log in, then the site won’t hold any of your information. When you want to toss a site, just go into Google settings and click “revoke access.” Done! Twitter also makes it extremely easy to disconnect applications.

4. Beware of scams
Beware of phishing and email scams. Don’t open attachments unless you’re sure of the source and check the URL before clicking a link.Links may be disguised as leading to http://www.nab.com.au but it really might lead to a fake site such as http://www.nab-com.co.

Security threats are always there; but if your antivirus software is up to date and you follow the 4 rules above, you should be able to enjoy worry-free browsing.

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