Online safety is a topic that should be discussed year round, but during the holiday season, with many people shopping online, you can never be too careful.
There are a lot of myths out there about online hackers and how you can protect yourself from them. This post will debunk those myths and let you know how to keep your online information safe!
Myth 1: The Internet is so big that nobody would ever single out my computer and/or online accounts.
Fact: Hackers use automated systems to continually search the Internet and find unsecured computers. If you buy a new computer, and connect to the Internet without proper protective measures in place, it can be compromised in a matter of minutes.
Myth 2: There isn’t anything worth stealing on my computer.
Fact: Anyone who uses a computer has sensitive data that is stored somewhere on their system, such as stored passwords, important email addresses, or even financial information like credit cards and account numbers.
Myth 3: Firewalls and Antivirus software are sufficient for protecting my computer’s assets.
Fact: System software must also be updated regularly to ensure the latest security measures are in place. Although anti-virus software and firewalls help protect your computer, they are only able to defend against known threats, not new ones.
Myth 4: I deleted all my sensitive information from my computer, so I’m safe now.
Fact: Files deleted from a computer could still be stored somewhere on your local hard drive, either as a copy or in a hidden file. Hackers have tools that can let them easily recover “deleted” files.
Also, when you remove something from an online profile or website, it is never truly deleted! Most websites have a dedicated server that stores user information, even if the information no longer appears on the website.