Don’t Put Your Customers Identity At Risk
Excerpted from Foxnews.com
Some Ways Youâre Putting You and Your Customers Identity at Risk.
The ease of using the Internet has allowed many of us to drop our guard when weâre online, and identity thieves are taking advantage.
And as soon as you think "Its not going to happen to me", is when it really does. By using some common sense, and being proactive can save you a lot of time and money.
Here are a few ways that can leave you and your business vulnurable, and now that you know why, you can be proactive in preventing identity theft
Not Updating the OS and Browser
With the soon to be dead OS, Windows XP, it is time to start thinking of updating
One of the easiest ways to stay protected when surfing the web is to make sure the operating system and browser are up to date, says Robert Siciliano, identity theft expert.
When you donât update your operating system, critical security patches are outdated which makes devices vulnerable to fraud. Having the latest web browser, whether itâs Internet Explorer, FireFox or Safari, also extends protection. Siciliano also recommends users make sure all their anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall software is current.
Not Being Picky
Everyone wants a deal, but compromising your identity wonât be worth saving a few extra dollars by using an unsafe website.
A big worry for consumers should be the threat of watering holes, says Neal Oâ’Farrell, executive director of The Identity Theft Council. These are websites that have been infected with malware because of unpatched vulnerabilities.
He says an easy way to stay safe when shopping online is to use a free browser security tools that check the security of a website before you click on it. He pointed to McAfee Site Advisor as a tool available to consumers. These tools should be standard for all surfers, yet most are not aware of them even though many antivirus companies offer them free.
Always Using the Same Password
Itâs hard to remember every username and password, but resist the temptation to make one general log in for all your frequented websites.
âThe real problem occurs when people use the same user name and password on their banking site as they do on some small shopping site." That small website may not have the same security in place and if criminals are able to get your information from that site, they will start using it at other sites, and before you know it, your bank account information has been compromised. There are tools out there that can help you create and manage strong passwords." âYou want something that will work when you are on your iPad, phone or computer.
Social networks have become online brag books, and thatâs risky business since we often share information that is commonly used in security questions.
âWhat makes people vulnerable is they plug in information that can be used to crack a password reset,â says Siciliano. Many websites ask for answers to knowledge-based questions such as your motherâs maiden name, where you went to high school or your best friendâs last name in case of an account lockout or password reset. Those answers are supposed to be personal, but are increasingly being revealed online.
âWhen you explain to the world your life, recognize that those explanations and those status updates can be used against you,â warns Siciliano. âYou might want to consider being more businesslike as opposed to being more personal on social networks.â
Using Public Wi-Fi
Public Wi-Fi hot spots make it easier to check your email, surf the web and even transfer money from wherever you are, but they often arenât secure and tend to be easy for scammers to hack and steal your information.
Its recommended to never using public hot spots to conduct business or do anything too personal online. Use your carrier cell signal or wait until you get home. Itâs way too easy for criminals to sniff out whatâs going on on a public Wi-Fi and capture information coming through.
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