It’s that time again: making preparations to go (back) to school. One of the preparations should be getting your laptop or other computer ready to go. That means cleaning your hard disk of files from the past to make room for the new school year. Another necessary task is to make sure you have a good security package with the anti-virus update set to automatic. Those tasks being completed, lets talk about protecting your identity.
Here are a few tips that are behavioral in nature, but extremely important to protect against identity theft.
- Don’t allow anyone else to use your computer. Someone using a computer other than their own will not be as careful to avoid Internet porn websites, and others that are laden with malware waiting to be injected onto unsuspecting laptops. And there is malware out there that won’t be picked up by anti-virus software…beware.
- Use a strong password on your computer to deter dormitory “friends” from using it while you’re out. This may sound a bit drastic, but it could keep your computer from being infected with malware or worse.
- Don’t use public Wi-Fi if you can help it; and if you do, never send any personal information like your name and address, credit/debit card numbers or social security numbers. Always assume public Wi-Fi hot spots are being monitored by cyber-thieves.
- It’s a good habit to keep your computing device in your backpack and with you at all times. Computers are apt to be stolen if left unattended.
Reference: Help Net Security.com
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