A reminder about cybercrime and Internet security is never untimely. Rasmussen College's School of Technology and Design Cyber Security Program just issued this handy rundown of dangers and tips. Something to memorize, or maybe cut out and stick right on your screen!
The chart's list of common mistakes also gives me a touchstone for a bit of soul searching. True confessions time: Which of these mistakes do I habitually make?
- Don't use a single password for all online accounts.
Well, not literally one single password, but I confess I do use a small family of passwords for accounts that don't require a high level of security. This is preferable to keeping a list of passwords in the cloud, or writing them on a piece of paper I then carry everywhere. Someone is going to break into my Spotify account or make comments under my name at the New York Times? OK, whatever. Bank accounts and email accounts need to be secure.
- Don't click on unsafe links.
I'm good on this. If I'm not sure what it is, I don't click on it. If it insists I click on it, I'm extra suspicious, and I use Task Manager to close it down.
Sure, whenever I can. More than that, I avoid -- except in emergencies -- using WiFi for transactions that need to be secure.
Yes, indeed, and I appreciate automatic updates -- for example, from Mozilla Firefox.
Maybe the most important tip, and a lesson I've learned the hard way over the years. If something looks suspicious, it's probably suspicious. Don't try and click your way out of trouble; pause, and figure out what's going on. Sadly, I still get malicious emails on a regular basis, but it's been a long time since I thoughtlessly opened one.
Of course. After all, I guess there's still something in it. I do avoid insecure payment sites.
Be careful out there!
— Kim Davis , Community Editor, Internet Evolution