As we enter a time of year in which goodwill towards all mankind is on the forefront of most minds, it is important to remember that not people out there are so kindhearted. With more online purchases taking place than any other time of year in the days leading up to the holiday season. Though internet has infiltrated the day to day lives of nearly person planetwide, the increasing convenience also puts less savvy internet surfers in increased danger when they don’t use caution. How can you avoid simple mistakes that could result in identity theft or worse? These simple tips will help to mitigate your risk and should be followed no matter what time of year to ensure your safety.Unplug When you aren’t using the internet, there’s no need to be connected. Whether you “unplug” in a literal sense or merely disconnect from your wireless internet, you ultimately safeguard against the same type of attack. This isn’t just to increase the hassle with which you log on and off-line, it reduces the timeframe in which virus scanners can target your computer. The easiest targets are computers that are constantly logged on at any time of day or night.Use Settings At Your Own Risk Again, convenience comes at a price. Both web browsers and email services, where you might receive sensitive information, allow for plenty of customizable features to make your user experience as simple as possible. Bear in mind any steps you jump or shortcuts you take are equally easy in the wrong hands. Would you walk across the street before looking both ways? No. So, why not take an extra second or two to ensure that you navigate the internet with care as well?Use Anti-virus Software Scan your entire computer with some regularity, just as you would a medical check-up, to ensure it is as healthy as you are, in some cases even healthier. If possible, schedule routine automatic scans of your entire system to be prompted automatically by your anti-virus program. This will help to guard against not only any attacker but your own personal procrastination as well.
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