Have you ever thought about your web security? You should.
If you’ve even been in a Starbucks or any other place with a public wi-fi you could potentially be making your info available to hackers and identity thieves. Besides, these days there are tools that make it easier than ever before for them to quickly steal your data.
So here’s a few strategies to think about courtesy of Access Now.
1. Use HTTPS for every website you can. This means that when you type in the web address, add an “s” to where it says “http.” This establish a secure connection. Not all websites have this option, mind you. So if you have to do anything on websites that can’t be secured, I would do it elsewhere, or use a VPN. I’ll mention more about VPN’s later.
If you have Facebook, they recently added the ability to do https, and you can click a setting so it’s on all the time. From the article–“In order to enable HTTPS for Facebook, go to Account in the top right corner > account settings> on settings tab, select account security “change” > check box next to “secure browsing HTTPS”
You can also do the same thing on Twitter: “In order to enable HTTPS for Twitter, click on your Twitter handle in the top right corner > settings> scroll to the bottom of the page and check the box next to “Always use HTTPS“.
So this “HTTPS” principle applies anytime you want to do secure browsing. Most banks will automatically add this when you go to their site, but you’d want to confirm that it says HTTPS.
2. Use a VPN. If would like an even more secure method for protecting all your stuff, use a VPN. A VPN is a “virtual private network.” When you sign on to a VPN, it creates a secure connection. Most IT professionals will have access to their corporate VPN connections while on the road so they can log on to their accounts through secure VPN’s. You mostly have to pay for these. Here’s an example of a free one, though.
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