Just a quick post because I know more than anyone how important it is to be secure while online. I have had my share issues. I’ve had hacking, mobile phone mirroring, redirect looping, IP address circle redirecting, and shadow banning, not to mention an entire company that was hired to track my business website’s traffic to compete. Just recently my fifth cellphone was hacked and then my mothers, my daughters, and then my daughter’s boyfriend. It wasn’t a surprise to find out that couple of my clients also had a similar issue, those would actually spoken with me on the phone that is.￼ I posted about this in another blog. So this morning I get a notification that yet again, we have another cyber issue.￼￼
I was informed by my browser and my pc protection￼ both, that 36 websites that I had logged into with my password and information, had been breach and that someone had to change my personal password even to my PayPal account. Can you imagine the horror? I just wanted to remind everybody to pick a password that’s actually secure. I’ve been choosing passwords that are more easier to remember than secure, because since I don’t really go by the time, it’s hard for me to really remember a lot of things.￼ Before I share how to pick a safe password, let me give you some tips on safe internet use.
1.) Look for the little green lock up at the left-hand corner next to the search bar on your browser. If it’s not there, then don’t proceed to that website.￼
2.) Don’t click on short links or links that have a strange sounding word at the end instead of .com, .org, etc.
3.) Don’t click on sweepstakes or trash ads. Trash ads are the rows of ads at the bottom of a page that have crazy sounding news and miracle solutions in them.
4.) Don’t add unknown people to your Facebook. Look for their first post. If the profile’s first post is dated 2016 and nothing before, it’s probably a spammer of phisher. The profile shouldn’t be too new. If there’s less than 5 posts on an account than it’s fake. If they have less than that amount as pictures or a picture of a plant, cartoon…anything not them.. it’s fake. Don’t open messages in messenger from unknown people either. Ignore chain letters too.
5.) Don’t let your pc or cell track your location except when using map but give it permission just once. Also, don’t keep credit card or bank info in your phone or pc. If using a cell, have a spam iCloud account so that your private account isn’t at risk.
6.) Use a VPN.
The Internet is a lot like consciousness and so it’s easy for me to maneuver through it. I ￼could’ve probably been a hacker myself. I should have picked a secure password myself and I intend to now. Here’s my method.
A secure password..￼
Choose a password that is a mix of caps and lowers with numbers mixed in there somewhere. I started using special characters too. Another pointer is, never let the site generate a password. Be sure to save your password on a piece of paper, not by allowing the browser to remember the password for you.
That’s it! Protect your Identity and your privacy!