Keeping your information safe on the Internet can protect you from a world of heartache. If you are not careful about the information that is distributed on the Internet, then you may find that your information is hacked. It may be too late, and you may find that all of your financial accounts have been completely drained by hackers without even leaving a trace for you to reach them and get your money back. While most financial institutions will now reimburse you for funds that are taken due to hackers, dealing with the situation can still take away your valuable time. You can save your time by using one of the following technologies to keep your information safe online.
Use a Password Keeper
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Many people now have multiple e-mail accounts, banking accounts and logins that they access on the Internet every day. Keeping track of all of the passwords used for these accounts can be difficult. You may not even realize that you choose to use the same password for multiple accounts. You can protect yourself from choosing the same password by double-checking the list before you create a new password for the account. You should also be sure to create a password that is completely different from any password that you already use. If you use a password that is similar, then hackers may still be able to access your accounts.
But you should make sure that this record of passwords is kept in a secret place or maybe password protected too, so that only you can have access to it, otherwise if this record file comes into the hand of any other person, then it will give rise to a yet bigger problem, as the person will have access to each and every account that you have.
Choose Online Banking
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By using online banking, you can keep a close eye on all of your financial transactions. You can make sure that no odd transactions appear on your statements. When you fail to use online banking, it may be a few weeks before the bank notices that a hacker is using your financial accounts. You know which transactions are yours and which are not yours, so you should use online banking to keep track. You may also be able to take advantage of promotional deals from banks by using online banking.
But it’s very essential that you be aware of phishing activities and do not give away your login information to similar looking but fake websites. For a detailed guide to Phishing, please refer to the fourth heading, i.e, “Don’t Follow every link you Get“, in the following article,
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Use Encryption Software for Transactions
Whenever you need to purchase a product online, you should try to make sure that the retailer uses encryption software. The encryption software ensures that your financial information is safe at all times. If an online retailer does not use encryption software, then you should just visit the store in person or order a product by calling the retailer. If a retailer does not use encryption software, then you can still be safe if you choose to buy products from a company that uses PayPal. PayPal is one of the most secure ways that you can do online transactions from your major banks.
Install the Latest Computer Operating System
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You should always make sure that you are using the latest computer operating system for your laptop. Computer companies like Apple will frequently update the computer operating systems that they offer to the public. These systems contain new ways of fighting common viruses, and you can benefit from having this extra protection. Often, it is not that expensive for you to upgrade your laptop to a newer computer operating system. Even if it does set you back a couple hundred dollars, it is money that is invested in your safety online. These computer operating systems will usually have new features that can detect spyware and malware.
When you are proactive and want to keep your information safe, following these steps will help you. You will probably never have to deal with an issue like identity theft if you are simply conscious of the information that you have out on the Internet. Take steps to manage all of the information that you have on the Internet. It will save you from endless legal battles in the long run.
Written by Marcy Cannon. Edited by Rahul Chowdhury.
Marcy Cannon is a medical transcriptionist and guest author at health-information-technology.net, a site with resources and guides to help prospective students choose a health information management degree program.
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