Everyday Online Practices that May Put You at Risk


Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe while you’re surfing



The Internet is a fact of life for all of us, including business owners. We've become so comfortable using it that we may overlook some of the Web's security risks. In a story for Entrepreneur.com, Emily Price lays out common digital practices that put users at risk. "In the case of online security, what you don’t know can hurt you," writes Price. Public Wi-Fi networks, while useful, may also leave you vulnerable. Their security is low, and they're easier to hack into than a private Wi-Fi connection. Cybercriminals can 'spoof' these—that is, making a fake network designed to obtain passwords—to steal your login information. A virtual private network can encrypt your data if you need to use a public connection.


You should take caution any time you log in or share information with third parties. When filling out forms online, stay vigilant, because there are websites that sell your information--your phone number or email address, for example--without your consent. Many websites may also include privacy policies that you need to sign off on before you can use them. But before you do, it's best to read through them: They can detail what the company's abuse and privacy policies are, and what they're able to do with your data. Changing up your password for every account you have online is a tedious task, but a necessary one. Unique passwords make sure that even if one account is compromise, the others are not. Services like 1Passwords may likewise help users manage and keep track of unique credentials.


Social media is another seemingly harmless avenue that can put your information at risk. When you make a post, the content may also include your exact location. If you don't want people to know where you're posting from, disable geotagging on your device. Protect yourself by staying aware of how much you divulge digitally. Read the full story here.