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September 2016 Newsletter - How to Protect Yourself Online

Published on September 1, 2016

Ways to stay safe on the world wide web.

Many of our customers worry about ways to keep themselves safe while browsing online. Following these suggestions will substantially lower your risk of getting infected or getting pulled into moneymaking scams. Here are some great ways on how to protect yourself online. Create smart and strong passwords. A good way to make sure you have a strong password is to use a sentence (complete with capitals, spaces and period) or use the first letter of each word of a sentence for shorter passwords. For example, "My dog's name is Sparky." or "MdniS" Guard your personal information. Never respond to requests for personal or account information online; watch out for convincing imitations of banks, card companies, charities and government agencies. It's a good rule of thumb to avoid sending sensitive info (credit card number, Social Insurance number, or other private information) over email or instant messaging. Watch out for "Phishing" scams. These scams are fishing expeditions that use phony emails and fake websites, masquerading as legitimate businesses, to lure unsuspecting users into revealing private account or login information. To be absolutely safe, if you receive an email that includes a link to a website, don't click on it. Don't be fooled by phone scams. If someone phones and claims to want to "help" you because your computer has a problem, just hang up. If you allow them to connect to your computer, they can do all kinds of mischief. When in doubt, phone allCare!

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