6 steps to stay safe online | What the Tech?
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WHAT THE TECH?) — Common concerns online are whether Facebook is listening to your conversations or what Google is doing with our information.
While those are topics of concern, these six things are really fundamental to staying safe online:
1. Clicking on links
Whether it’s in an email or Facebook message, a click on the wrong link can install malware on a computer that can steal financial information and data, and even track everything, every keystroke.
2. Doing anything with credit cards or bank websites on public wifi
That includes shopping. Log off public WiFi and use your data or cellular service. Make sure you see 5G/4G or LTE.
3. Using the same password for everything
This should go without saying. If someone steals one password, they get all of your passwords.
4. Engaging with scam phone calls and emails
Hang up or don’t answer if it’s a number you don’t recognize
5. Logging into any account through a link you get in a message or email
Rather than logging in, use the bank, credit card, or social media app
6. Sharing pictures with strangers you meet online
This is a biggie for kids, middle school students and high school students.
We talk a lot about being “safe online” but if we’re careful and smart about just those six things, we’ll have a lot less to worry about.
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