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Are you surfing the net as safely as possible?

Are you surfing the net as safely as possible?

You wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving your wallet on the empty seat next to you on the subway, or even in the stall of your office’s restroom.

In the abstract world of the Internet, most of us have no problems visualizing our checking accounts as credit card information is stored online.

In many instances, we use our favorite websites much as we use a purse or wallet—leaving sensitive data within reach of thieves.

You have installed the necessary security software to ensure that all of your credit card data is safe and out of harm’s way.

Here are 5 top tricks to help ensure that you are out of harm’s way by surfing the Internet securely.

5.  Is that online shop secure?

This seems like a pretty basic question. But you’d surprised how many people pay little or no attention to the browser they use much less the “https.” What the “s” means is “secure.” You should not purchase anything from a non-secure site.

4. Public Wi-Fi: Proceed with caution 

Oftentimes, a public Wi-Fi connection does not use encryption when processing data. Remember middle school note passing? Public Wi-Fi is the equivalent of standing up and screaming your message across the room rather than doodling a note and passing it on.  Use with caution.

3.  Credit Card storage

When you credit card information is stored on your favorite website—such as Amazon.com—you can easily use “one-click” payment options.

Although this is safe for the most part, why make it easier for a hacker to acquire your credit card info?

How much time are you really saving with it stored?  If your credit card information is obtained or your online identity is corrupted, the time saved by storing your personal data will pale in comparison to the time-dump of getting that mess straightened out.

2.  Make your Facebook less personal

Did you know that on average your Facebook information is shared with 156,569 people? Unless you went to the world’s largest high school, what are the odds that you know even 10% of these folks?

Not good.

It goes without saying that you should not have your phone number, address, or date of birth publicly displayed; as any of these can be used to fake your identity.  Don’t panic, but regularly review your activity log and monitor your “liked” pages.  The more info about your likes and dislikes makes it that much easier for a hacker to create a personalized phishing scam that you may find too tempting to resist.

1. Use multiple Email accounts

Far too many people use just one email address for all of their transactions. I tried to explain to my Dad that he should set up a new email address for his online banking. Then I explained to him that, yes, you can bank online.

Regardless, you may want to have a separate email address for all of your banking business. This makes it less likely that you will fall for a clever phishing scam.

EzFIM Can Help

There are many tips to help ensure that you are perusing the internet in a secure manner.  One key platform that must be in place on your company’s network in order to keep hackers at bay is a solid File Integrity Management system, such as EzFIM’s award-winning and affordable product.

For more information on how EzFIM can help with security, contact one of our Tech Security experts today at: (855) 393-4666 or email them at info@ezfim.com.