A Guide to Making Sure Your E-Life is Secure

Our digital lives and our daily lives are now so intertwined that it can be difficult to separate the two. We are online to such a degree, and use the Internet for so many different things, that we often forget that our digital lives are unique. And this can lead to complacency and a false sense of safety. However, your online life is constantly at risk, from such threats as identity theft, hacking, and unlawful credit card access. Needless to say, it pays to play it safe! To secure your E-life and protect against these risks, take the precautions below.

Practice Good Password Management

Staying safe online begins with strong password management. You have likely heard more than once that a strong password is the best defense against hackers, but it bears repeating. Using a strong password can mean the difference between having your online account compromised and being left alone.

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There are a number of ways to create strong passwords that will help protect you online. In simple terms, the more complex the password, the safer your personal information is from hackers. Avoid birth dates, surnames and given names, and commonly known interests. It is also recommended that you use multiple characters, including numbers, lower and upper case letters, and perhaps even special characters. And try and create a password that is at least eight characters in length.

Always Secure Your Bank Information

If you are banking online, always do so from a secure connection, and always log out once you have completed your transaction. When it comes to online banking, it doesn’t hurt to be overly precautious. Never access your bank account through an email, even if you believe the email is authentic; navigate directly to the bank’s website on your browser to ensure the site is valid. Most banks have a secure HTTPS domain address; look for a lock symbol in the address bar to ensure the site is safe. Additionally, monitor your accounts regularly so that you can stay up to date on transactions. If you notice anything suspicious, contact your bank at once and report it.

Be Mindful When Using Public Wi-Fi

Unsecured public Wi-Fi networks can be dangerous. They leave you vulnerable to hacking, particularly when accessing personal data. If you must use public Wi-Fi, avoid conducting online banking or any other sensitive tasks – limit your use to browsing, music streaming, or video streaming instead.

If you are in a public place and want to access a secure connection (for example, to view your credit card account from your laptop), consider using a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot instead. Service providers like T-Mobile offer Wi-Fi hotspots at affordable rates, so you may want to consider it if you don’t yet have one. A Wi-Fi hotspot turns your cell phone into a secure wireless router, enabling you to use your phone’s encrypted data network from your laptop or tablet. It’s safe and convenient.

We found a super helpful Twitter thread about this exact vulnerability by Brendon Gumede:

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