Keep This Resource on Personal Online Security Handy

Edward Vawter, president of QD Information Services, has written an extremely helpful article that appears in the May/June 2015 edition of Online Searcher. This easy-to-read resource provides everything you need to know about how to protect yourself from data breaches. A variety of resource links, statistics, tables, and clear explanations are provided and cover these key topics: history of companies and software involved with data breaches; how hackers figure out your password; software to store passwords; hints for creating secure passwords; best software updates for MAC OS and Windows OS; and steps you can take to protect yourself. Here are steps Ed recommends even if you use a service like LifeLock:

  • Use software to store you passwords.
  • Use a private email address for logins.
  • Always make sure you are using http s for all your web browsing.
  • Use the guidelines given in this article for generating passwords.
  • Don’t directly answer security questions.
  • Keep your credit card information offline. Don’t allow companies to store that information.
  • If available, take advantage of login notifications.
  • Use two-step authentication whenever possible.
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