Okay boomers, just a reminder that we need to be more vigilant when working on our computers. Just this past week Charlotte was notified that there was a security breach at an online company she used to make a recent purchase. Does she now just monitor her credit card or replace it? She’ll probably replace it but that will be a pain because many vendors that she uses has her credit card number on record and now she will have to notify all of them that her number has been changed. And which credit card did she use? Better hunt down that receipt although it probably has been shredded at this point–it was a very minor purchase..
In addition to this affront of her space and time, she realized that her G-mail had been hacked this past week, causing much anxiety as to whether anyone in her address list had been compromised. They apparently have not and she changed her G-mail password and everything SHOULD be okay. The key word here is SHOULD! It’s bad enough when you have been compromised but the possibility of bringing others into this through no fault of your own is very upsetting.
Turns out NBC’s Today Show did a segment on Thursday, January 31st addressing passwords, anti-virus software, firewalls, and clicking on links. To view this very helpful interview on online security, click on Online Security Tips
In addition, here are a few sites that offer tips to help keep us on our toes and safe from these cyber hackers and thieves–an annoying bunch to say the least.
Online Security Measures:
This is a link to an article on how to create strong passwords: http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/22/four-ways-to-strengthen-a-password/
This is a link to an article in PC Magazine describing what they feel are the best password managers and why you need one: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407168,00.asp
For iPhone users, the Keeper app is “… a secure and simple way to store and access passwords and other private information… ” This app costs $9.99 and appears to be well worth the cost: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/keeper-password-data-vault/id287170072?mt=8
Credit Card Security Measures:
Monitoring your credit score and report on a regular basis helps to fight identity theft– this is just one of many sites that offers a free credit report: www.annualcreditreport.com
Doing the research for this post has opened our eyes, for sure. Did you know that links can contain invisible malware that will monitor your computer’s keystrokes and steal passwords? It really isn’t all that difficult for a cyber criminal to infiltrate our personal space so we need to make it as difficult as possible. Reading through some or all of the above sites will take some time as will updating your passwords so that they are “strong” and varied–it will be time well spent. We suppose this is one of the prices we all have to pay to have access to technology, which really is a wonderful thing when all is said and done, but it is still frustrating and annoying and a huge time consumer. A big phooey to all you hackers out there!!!!!