3 Ways to Protect Yourself Online


The sophisticated techniques being adopted by cons and scam artists have made it increasingly difficult to protect yourself online against the criminally fraudulent process of online phishing. However, the following guidelines can help mitigate the risks:

1. Install a Complete Software Protection Suite: Don’t depend just on antivirus programs. Today’s malicious software is more prolific than ever. Instead, arm your computer with a complete protection suite that includes site verification, firewall and virus scan.

2. Identity Alert: Avoid doing business with unknown entities and never give out personal information unless you know the site is safe. Don’t use links provided in an email. Instead, type in the direct link before signing in and never respond to unsolicited inquiries about banking or other sensitive data.

secure-site-icon3. Secure Sites: Insist upon encryption when supplying sensitive data online. Look for a little lock to indicate a secure site, and then verify the signature. Better yet, use software to validate the site and avoid any URLs that elicit an error message or warning.

With the infamous (leftover) Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals available, many people are enticed to purchase a variety of items shopping online. In doing so, ensure that you take at least these extra few measures of caution, to have a safe and enjoyable online shopping experience.