3 Secret Tips to Keep your Online Identity Protected

by | May 16, 2011 | Compliance, Security

Do you know how to keep your online identity protected?

The recent breach suffered by Sony’s Playstation users has the majority of people questioning just how secure their online identities are. If your personal information falls into the hands of the wrong person, the results can be grave. Luckily, there are many simple steps you can take to help keep your online identity protected.

Use an encrypted connection

Using an encrypted connection is an extremely simple way to attain greater online security. Many websites, including most social networking sites, have recently adopted more secure connections, although you sometimes have to change the settings to get the extra level of security.

You may determine whether or not you have encrypted access simply by checking the URL. If the URL begins with “https” instead of “http” you have an encrypted connection. Unfortunately, some sites do not offer encrypted access so this is not always a possibility.

Use strong passwords

Strong passwords are quite easy to create and can make a tremendous difference in online security. Using a combination of numbers, symbols, spaces and upper- and lowercase letters can help to create a strong password. If you can’t see yourself using a lot of different characters, at least be sure to use a password that can’t easily be guessed.

It’s also incredibly important to use a unique password for each of your accounts. Using the same password on several accounts makes them all vulnerable if just one of them is hacked.

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Look out for phishing

Phishing is basically when a hacker poses as a trusted company, like a bank, in order to acquire sensitive information from people. It is fairly common due to its relative ease, since all the hackers need is your name and email address.

Epsilon’s recent data breach was a great example of the possibility of phishing. Their network was hacked into and thousands of names and email addresses were exposed, making thousands of people vulnerable to phishing attempts.

These three tips are unbelievably easy to follow through with and instantly increase your online security. If you’d like more information on protecting your online identity, check out this article.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.