Norton claims that cybercriminals sometimes use holidays, festive seasons and popular events to trap unsuspecting users. Several holidays are coming up—why, Chinese New Year is just around the corner—and as such, we, the netizens, should know how to protect our data from treacherous cybercriminals. Norton gives us a leg up as they share with us some of the best online practices we should observe to ensure that our devices, files and information are safe and sound.
One of the many activities we resort to in times of holidays or festive occasions is travel. Listed below are some pointers on how to keep our social networking sites and personal data secure when we’re traveling or on an out-of-town break.
• Privatize your social life – Make sure all your social media sites have the highest privacy settings to help avoid any unwanted parties catching wind that your house is empty.
• Free Wi-Fi isn’t always good Wi-Fi – Pay extra attention when connecting to a public Wi-Fi network because there are ways for others to access your accounts.
• Sign out before you walk out – Remember to log out of everything before exiting an internet café or hotel computer.
• Store your memories in the cloud – Don’t forget to continually upload your precious photos to the cloud because if your camera and/or smartphone is lost or stolen, so too are all your holiday memories.
Special occasions sometimes call for gifts and perks. Here are some nifty tips on shopping over the Internet.
• Go with credit, not debit – It’s best to use a separate credit card with a small credit limit, instead of your usual debit card, to prevent thieves from accessing your main account.
• Look out for the “S” – Keep an eye out on the browser address bar before entering any personally identifiable information. The URL should start with ‘https’ with the ‘s’ meaning ‘secure’ versus ‘http’.
• Watch out for the spammers – Cybercriminals are fully aware of the searches we make online and know the kind of emails we wish would land in our inbox. Always be cautious of anything you receive from unknown recipients that seem just that bit too generous.
Remember: You’ll be able to enjoy festivities to the fullest when you know that essential data are safe from the hands of opportunistic cybercriminals. These are basic, easy-to-remember steps you can take, but keep in mind that these simple measures can still provide an extra layer of protection for your most valuable information.