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Everyone takes important steps to keep themselves safe at home and out in the world. Why would you neglect your safety online? Whether you are the owner of a web site or just browsing online, you are subject to the dangers of hackers, viruses, web site errors and data loss. Here are some helpful hints to keep you and your web site safe online:

Keep your software and virus protection up to date.
When browsing the web, it is possible to come across a malicious program such as a virus or Trojan. These harmful programs can have the ability to locate passwords stored on your computer and put your web site in danger of being hacked.

Use the protection your computer offers you.
Adjust your firewall settings for security and turn off your network sharing options.

Use strong passwords.
Try to keep your passwords at least eight characters long. Use a mix of case-sensitive letters, symbols and numbers. This kind of variety makes your password stronger, increasing your security.

Do not give out your passwords to people and change your passwords from time to time.
It is a good idea to update and change your password about every third month.

Choose a secure web hosting solution for your web site.
If you host with Rivers Agency, you can rest assured that your site is automatically backed-up daily and receives a variety of security measures and precautions.

Avoid clicking on pop-ups and suspicious links.
Do not open a link or file someone sent you unless you know it is safe.

Back up your computer system and files.
Even if you never encounter a problem with computer viruses, your machine can still develop functional problems over time. It is a good idea to back up your important files to an external hard drive just to be safe.

Comments

  1. By Ashley,
    April 1, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I think online security is something many still seem to neglect. We hear about hackers and identity theft in the news but many seem to feel that they are immune from such crimes when they are quite easy to prevent. I think the precautions you stated above are excellent tips for keeping one’s information safe online.

    Moreover, I think it’s important that those with smart phones keep them password protected. It’s quite easy for a phone to get stolen and without password protection your personal information is vulnerable.

    Hacking, viruses, data loss etc can all be easily prevented. Be informed and take the time to ensure security with your online information.

  2. By Caroline,
    April 4, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    If someone found my phone, they would be able to access my email, Facebook and Twitter if I didn’t have it password protected!

  3. By Jen,
    April 4, 2011 @ 9:34 am

    Using an ant-spyware program like AdAware or Spybot can also rid your computer of security holes and improve performance. Many of these programs are also free to use.

    It’s also a good idea to remember all that seemingly harmless personal information that is posted on social networking sites like your full birth date, parents’ names and hometown information are also many of the verification questions to get into lost accounts.

  4. By Nate Butler,
    April 4, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    I’d also recommend some caution when using Peer 2 Peer filesharing applications (for legal stuff, of course – if you pirate software, you deserve what you get). People love to slip trojans into any legitimate looking file archive, and wait for random people to download it. Once the trojan is active in your system it will log your keystrokes and email them back to the originator. How many times a day do you login to somewhere? Gmail? Your bank? They’d get all of that – daily.

    Pretty lame to leave yourself so open when 15 minutes installing AVAST could protect you from losing access to your savings account. Just a thought.

  5. By Capel,
    April 4, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

    This is awesome information! I’m updating my virus protection as we speak, thanks to this article. I feel like we always need to be reminded to do things like back up data or change passwords–so easy to put off, but so worth the two-minute inconvenience.

  6. By Laura,
    June 7, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    A lot of this is just common sense, and we hear about it all the time but not enough people take those few minutes out of their day to do these things. At this point in time, considerable parts of our lives are accessible by means of the internet. If we don’t take special care to make sure all of that information is protected, with easy tips and procedures like these, we’re just being careless about our online safety – a more serious matter than most people think. Get to it!

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