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4 Online Habits That Can Keep You Safer

The internet has opened up a world of possibilities, but it has also become a playground for identity thieves and other dangerous criminals. Every day brings new online threats, and new ways for the bad guys to compromise your account access, steal your money and make your life miserable.

If you want to stay one step ahead of those bad guys and make your online life safer, you need to eliminate your bad habits and replace them with good ones. Here are 4 online habitsthat can keep your accounts, and your identity, safer and more secure.

#1. Sequester Emails That Contain Links

if_Rounded-07_2024667While many link-containing emails are legitimate, others are harboring spyware, viruses and other dangers. Instead of simply clicking on a link in that legitimate seeming email, take a minute to move it to special folder.

That will give you time to review the email in further detail without losing it in your overflowing inbox. Simply create a folder titled “Links” or whatever name you want and use it to temporarily store any emails that contain links.

#2. Use a Strong Spam Filter

if_mail_filter_440208No matter which program you use for your email, it is important to use a strong spam filter. The best spam filters are the ones that leam your habits and adjust themselves accordingly, moving senders you previously marked questionable to the spam folder automatically and letting your preferred senders through immediately.

Learning to use a spam filter can take some time, but the effort will be well worth it. Once you have your spam filter working the way you want, you could reduce the amount of time spent reviewing messages and make your online life far less risky.

#3. Choose the Best Security Software

if_24_1525623Chances are your new computer came with some kind of security software, either a trial version or a fully functional copy. But you do not have to stick with that software if it is not meeting your needs, and shopping around for a better product could make your online activities safer.

Read the reviews of the security software packages you are considering, download trial versions if you can and compare features and benefits carefully. Using top-notch security software can keep you safer online and protect you from the hazards of the internet.

#4. Be Smart About Your Security Questions

if_security-smarthome-smart-home-lock_2353632Setting a strong password is your first line of defense against online threats, but creating smart security questions and answers is nearly as important. Avoid questions and answers that can be easily guessed or found elsewhere online -things like your date of birth, the place you were bom, where you went to school and so on. Choosing more obscure security questions that only you know the answer to is an essential part of keeping your web surfing safe.

As an alternative, you can create nonsense answers to your security questions. This tactic all but eliminates the risk that a third party will discover your security answers and reset your password or access your account without your knowledge.

Being smart about your online habits now can save you a lot of time, hassle and money later. Whether you use the internet for shopping, business or just for fun, adapting a few good habits can keep you protected and keep the hackers and other bad guys at bay.

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