Ways To Increase Your Internet Security

Ways to increase your internet security


In this article AJR will go through Ways To Increase Your Internet Security. The theft of your personal information, then use of it without your permission, is identity theft. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world today, and can have devastating effects on personal and business finances, credit history, and reputation. To reach any sort of resolution will involve excessive amounts of time, additional money, and a lot of patience. Prevention is the best case scenario.

Identity thieves are after personal information including your specific identifying numbers such as social security, insurance, account information and details, employment/student ID’s, professional licenses and especially bank or credit cards. There are several clever methods in obtaining this information, but you can often protect yourself and your business by regularly using these security habits.

Password Security

  • Avoid using the same password combination on multiple sites.
  • Don’t use easy to guess passwords like your dog’s name or your street address.
  • Create strong, unique passwords by using combinations of upper and lower case letters, characters, and numbers.

Browser Security

  • Use a safe browser: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Stay away from Internet Explorer.
  • Do not share information unless using a secure connection, identified by having “HTTPs” in the URL.
  • Always log out of your account when done on the site.
  • Be very conscious of what is shared on social networks and who you allow to view your profile.

Network Security

  • On Windows, consider disabling AutoRun; this can reduce malware threats by 50%. Malware often comes in the form of a download you did not even notice was happening
  • Default network security settings allow hackers to get into your computer. Customize your security settings to protect your network.

WiFi Security

  • Change your router’s default settings by enabling a non-default password and network name. Using a WPA-2 encryption protocol is the strongest security protocol for a wireless network.
  • When using public Wi-Fi, disable sharing and use a VPN service. A Virtual Private Network will prevent any breaches in security by concealing your IP address, encrypting all your data and information, prevent online spying and theft.

Device Security

  • Install antivirus, anti-spyware, and a firewall and make sure they are updated often.
  • Avoid phishing emails; don’t open files, click on links, or download programs sent by strangers.
  • Avoid keeping financial and personal information on your laptop or mobile phone. Setup devices with a lock screen, making it more difficult to access if it is stolen.

Consider reviewing your personal and business credit reports annually; generally a good place to spot identity theft activity. Also reconcile bank accounts regularly and notice any unauthorized transactions. Diligence and observance are the best ways to prevent identity theft.

Andrew Marriott
Owner & Founder at AJR Solutions
I am a technical & creative guy who loves technology. From a very young age, I have had a passion for technology, website / graphic design and photography. I work hard & play harder, I’m driven and full of enthusiasm with a passion to help others. Technology, digital design, web development & creative photography are areas I am really passionate about.

In the past i have worked for a leading IT Solutions & Managed service provider in Rotherham dealing with a range of IT platforms, such as - on site field engineering and remote support, dealing with all types of servers such as Virtual & Physical, Hyper–V, VMware, Windows server 2012 R2, SBS - Small Business Server 2008 2011, SQL, Terminal, Exchange, Active Directory, Group Policy, TCP, IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, RDP, hybrid & cloud, Office 365 and managed security solutions such as Antivirus and Spam filtering.

Prior to this, I worked for Wickersley School & Sports College as the Lead IT & Network Technician and also supporting local primary schools with IT Support and engineering visits & Project Management, while also running my own company AJR Solutions, providing IT & Creative Solutions.

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