Online security tips

Security is important both in the home and online. Online scams can include identity theft, phishing, and malware. Here are a few practical tips to keep yourself safe while browsing the internet.

1.) Beware of any email posing to be your bank, or asking for your personal information over email.

If you receive an email asking for your PIN number or credit/debit card number, it is most likely a case of phishing. Phishing scams occur when a person or organization poses as a business you know and trust, such as your bank. If you are concerned that the email is valid, call your bank rather than replying by email.

2.) If children are living in your home, monitor their Internet usage.

Children and elderly alike may be targeted by a variety of Internet scams, simply based on the assumption that they have less experience with the Internet. Whether this is the case for each individual or not, it is important to be on your guard by monitoring children’s internet usage, and informing the elderly in your family and community about the potential dangers. Keeping an open dialogue you’re your kids can be a great step in preventing scams or identity theft.

3.) Keep security software current on your computer.

No matter what security software you use to prevent malware and viruses from infecting your computer, it’s a good idea to make sure that it is kept up-to-date. Running scans regularly can help to keep your computer healthy.

Following these three simple steps will help ensure a better online experience for you and your family. Keeping your computer as well as your family safe and secure is a wonderful priority for all families.