Improve Security, Internet Safety

GM-Innovations advises that you take all possible steps to improve security on your local computer. Doing so will help protect your PC, your personal information, and your website.

Tips:

- Keep your passwords safe!
Don't use personal information (like your street name, last name, etc.). Use a different password for each site. Make passwords complex. Change your passwords frequently.

- Keep your personal information secure
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0272-how-keep-your-personal-information-secure

- Keep your computer software up-to-date

- Use a safe web browser
http://www.gm-innovations.com/accounts/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=53

- Always keep your firewall turned on

- Enhance your security, consider using OpenDNS
https://www.opendns.com/

- Know how to spot phishing
https://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud-scam/2015/10/am-i-being-phished/

- Be careful clicking on links in e-mail or instant message

- Don't open an e-mail attachment from someone you don't know

- Only make purchases on trusted sites

- Be careful what you download and from where

- Make sure that your internet connection is safe, consider F-Secure
https://campaigns.f-secure.com/router-checker/

- Avoid "Looks Too Good To Be True" e-mail offers and websites

- Log out completely from your accounts

- Turn your computer off when not in use

- Keep your computer and mobile devices locked using strong PINs and passwords

- Clear your browser cookies, history, and cache
http://www.gm-innovations.com/accounts/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=14

- Don't save your login information on public computers

- Be careful what you post online - limit the personal information you share

- Check your security and privacy settings on websites

- Use the optional security questions available on some websites

- Watch your children online
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/protecting-kids-online

- Stop unsolicited email
http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email

- Run full system scans with up-to-date security software
Comodo is a highly recommended security package for Windows PCs that can be used for free:
http://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/free-internet-security.php
* For more security software options, see the Twitter links below

You can find more tips at:

OnGuardOnline http://onguardonline.gov

StaySmartOnline https://www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/internet/stay-smart-online

StaySafeOnline https://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online

StayingSafeOnline http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/staying-safe-online

Twitter accounts to follow for security issues:

https://twitter.com/AVGFree

https://twitter.com/avast_antivirus

https://twitter.com/comododesktop

https://twitter.com/kaspersky

https://twitter.com/McAfee

https://twitter.com/symantec

https://twitter.com/NortonOnline

https://twitter.com/Trendmicro

https://twitter.com/Malwarebytes

https://twitter.com/Fsecure

https://twitter.com/sans_isc

Don't forget to follow GM-Innovations too!  https://twitter.com/gminnov
(we post security related content but not exclusively, we include other stuff as well)

This article will be updated periodically. Please check back often for the latest information.

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