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Create Complex Passwords

By creating a strong, unique password for your critical accounts is one of the best ways to keep your personal information safe. You can regularly change your passwords to avoid online hacking. Please do not release your personal information and online passwords to a third person.

Use a Firewall

Even if your network is secure, you should still use a firewall. This an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorized access to your computers and devices, and is often included with comprehensive security software. Using a firewall ensures that all of the devices connected to your network are secured.

Practice Safe Surfing & Shopping.

When shopping online, or visiting websites for online banking or other sensitive transactions, always make sure that the site’s address starts with “https”, instead of just “http”, and has a padlock icon in the URL field. This indicates that the website is secure and uses encryption to scramble your data so it can’t be intercepted by others.

Protecting Children on the Internet

One way to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content is to use parental control features. The parental control options included in Panda Security products such as Panda Internet Security 2014 or Panda Global Protection 2014 enable the computer administrator to decide which type of filter to apply to each user. It also lets you specify a list of Web pages that are permitted or denied regardless of the type of filter applied to each user.

Click Smart.

Now that you’ve put smart tech measures into place, make sure that you don’t invite danger with careless clicking. Many of today’s online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. This is when you are tricked into revealing personal or sensitive information for fraudulent purposes. Spam emails, phony “free” offers, click bait, online quizzes and more all use these tactics to entice you to click on dangerous links or give up your personal information. Always be wary of offers that sound too good to be true, or ask for too much information.

Antivirus

Use antivirus software and keep it up-to-date. Check for new definition updates daily. Most antivirus software can be configured to do this automatically. Panda Security products include security solutions for both businesses and home users, and provide protection tools for systems, networks, emails, and other private information for system management and control.

Do not provide sensitive, personal information.

Don’t provide your social security number or credit card information unless the website displays a secure URL, prefaced with “https” — the “s” stands for “secure.” And even when you must provide credit card information or other private information, do so judiciously. Consider using PayPal, for example, to pay for goods purchased online. PayPal is widely considered safe, and using it means that your credit card and financial information is guarded on a single website, rather than on multiple sites.

Be aware of sharing too much information on social media, as well. For example, why supply your mother’s maiden name or your address? Identity thieves and other criminals exploit social media accounts to gain access to information.

Secure your home network and your mobile connection

If you’re traveling and using internet hotspots, free WiFi, hotel-provided internet, or internet cafes, you must take extra precautions.

Make sure your web email access – or, for that matter, any sensitive website access – is only via secure (https) connections, or that your regular mail program is configured to use only encrypted connections. Don’t let people “shoulder surf” and steal your password by watching you type it in a public place.

Make sure your home WiFi has WPA2-security enabled if anyone can walk within range, and you’ve changed your router’s administrative password.

Don’t fall victim to virus hoaxes.

Dire-sounding email spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt about non-existent threats serves only to spread needless alarm and may even cause you to delete perfectly legitimate files in response.

Remember, there’s far more good than bad on the Internet. The goal isn’t to be paranoid. The goal is to be cautious, aware, and even suspicious. By following the tips above and becoming actively engaged in your own security, you’ll not only protect yourself, you’ll be contributing to the protection and betterment of the Internet as a whole.

Back Up Your Data

Backing up your data protects you in the event of a computer crash or electrical outage or surge, like a lightning storm might produce. It also helps if you fall prey to the newer type of ransomware, which encrypts your sensitive data. You can do your back-up manually by transferring important documents to an external hard drive, or using a service like Carbonite. If you don’t have a significant amount of data to store, use a service like Dropbox, where you get 2GB of storage for free. Kaspersky PURE has backup functionality as well, including Dropbox integration.

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