Tips for Staying Safe Online

Tips to keep you safe online:


Your Computer:

– Keep your OS (Operating System) fully patched and updated.

– Make sure every program on your PC is updated. Especially don’t miss Java and anything made by Adobe (ie Flash and Acrobat).

– Never install things you are not sure are safe. Especially don’t trust anything from Torrents or P2P sites. Avoid downloading programs from unknown sources.

– Use a reputable virus and malaware protection software program. Keep it up-to-date and run it often.

– Never trust any links, attachments, short links, or anything else from anywhere or anyone unless you are sure what’s inside.

– Have a recovery plan- is your stuff backed up?

– Consider changing up your hosts file and/or using something such as OpenDNS.


Your Email:

– Never open email attachments unless you know for sure what that file contains.

– Never click a link unless you know for sure that where it leads is safe.

– Check your email filters and forwards for things you didn’t add.

– Use good passwords.

– Sign out when you’re done.

– Use two-factor authentication when possible (ie Google Authentication for Gmail).


Your Browser:

– Keep your browser updated to the latest secure releases.

– Keep all plug-ins updated to the latest secure releases, especially Java and anything made by Adobe.

– Don’t install things from sources you don’t trust.

– Block cookies, Flash, and JavaScript (use with caution; this will cause you trouble).

– Watch out for short links.

– Use plug-ins that work to keep you private and secure.


Your Social Media Stuff:

– Double-check your apps. Make sure you know which applications have access to your profiles.

– Use two factor authentications when possible.

– Read Facebook’s guides in its Safety Center.

– Monitor and adjust your privacy and security settings.

– Use good passwords.

– Get more selective about sending and accepting friend requests. Don’t friend everyone.

– Show “limited friends” a cut-down version of your profile.

– Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail all offer help if you do, in fact, lose your accounts.

Source- IT Security for You and Your Library by Blake Carver