Richmond, Va. (PRWEB) June 13, 2014
Recent Internet bugs and vulnerabilities have had a widespread impact, compromising the security of computers as well as personal information you may enter online, Experient Health wrote in its latest edition of its Live Well, Work Well Blog series.
"Although you can’t stop criminals from attempting a cyber attack, you can take several steps to reduce your risk of having your personal information stolen, misused or deleted," Experient Health wrote. "Start by using strong passwords, avoiding malware and viruses, and protecting yourself against scams and security breaches."
Experient Health, the health insurance arm of the Virginia Farm Bureau, launched this blog series in 2013 as a method to help keep communities healthy in a variety of ways, from health of bodies to health in life.
Among the tips Experient Health offered in the cyber security piece were the following:
- Do not use the same password for multiple accounts, especially important accounts such as online banking or an online store with your credit card on file.
- Passwords should not be a word found in the dictionary or a combination easily.
- Don’t click on links or download attachments in unsolicited emails or download anything from sites you don’t trust.
- Scan all external devices, such as USB flash drives, for viruses and malicious software (malware) before using.
- Install antivirus security software.
- Never email personal information on an unsecured Wi-Fi network; the network can be hacked and the information accessed by unauthorized users.
- Don’t disclose private information unless necessary, and always verify the source if asked to input sensitive information into a website or email.
- Before entering credit card numbers or other payment information when shopping online, double-check that you’re on the website you think you are and check the URL for “https,” which is a general indication that the page is encrypted for your security. Some browsers also display a “lock” icon to indicate that a website is secure.
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