The Forgotten Sercurity Measure, Common Sense !!

Common Sense

 

Common sense is just as important to keep yourself secure while online. You can use all the latest and greatest security measures, while online, but if you don’t use good old common sense you can still fall victim to a scam, hack, stolen identity, etc. Common sense is the forgotten security measure and can go along way to keeping your identity, information, and devices safe.

Phishing

Phishing used to be done with a rod, reel, and some bait, now it is done with an email. The idea behind phishing is to trick the recipient into believing the email is real. They are looking for your information, They come in many forms, you have won money, you have to confirm some sort of personal account information, they may have an attachment they want you to open, there is a sense of urgency that if you don’t do what it says something dire will happen, your account will be closed down, the police will arrest you, etc.Phishing

Here are some ways to identify a possible phishing email, these emails are almost every time very poorly written, if it were legitimate wouldn’t all the spelling, grammatical errors are fixed with spell check ??

They are asking to confirm personal information, these emails look authentic and can be very convincing, call your bank, credit card company, etc. to verify before providing any information.

These emails may contain malicious links or attachments, so never click on or open, it could lead to a Trojan, virus or malware installed on your computer.

 

Encryption

Encryption is a great tool, most devices have built-in security, such as Secure Folder, Encrypt Sd Card. My Samsung phone has both in the settings in Biometrics and Security, this is a great place to store and protect sensitive information.
Locking your screen, and the use of unique passwords.Encryption

Limit Sharing

Sharing too much information is always a bad thing and we seem to do it without thinking on social media, tons of information is shared with the public on our social media sites which can be useful to a cyber thief.

In The End

So along with everything else we do to protect ourselves online, don’t forget good old common sense. We all have that gut feeling something ain’t right, and we have to use our instincts.

When in doubt, throw it out, links in emails, tweets, posts, online advertisements are how cybercriminals try to steal, access, compromise your information. If it looks suspicious, no matter the source, delete it.

Think before we act, if something sounds too good to be true, or if asking for personal information. Stop and think about it.

Last but not least, common sense!!!!

 

I hope you enjoyed and found this post informative and if you have any questions regarding VPN’s please leave me a comment, and I will get back to you soon, Thank you

Take care

Stay secure and always practice

Safe Text !!!

Butch

10 thoughts on “The Forgotten Sercurity Measure, Common Sense !!

  1. Great post, thank you for the information. I have noticed more and more people tend to try and use phishing. Very important to remain aware and careful. Thank you for the helpful tips!

  2. You couldn’t be more right! If more people would use common sense online, probably 90% of all security issues could be avoided. I think one good example is those “name tests” on Facebook and other social media. I’m talking about the ones that say something like “Find out your rockstar (for example) name” That requires you to combine for example your mothers first name to your dogs name etc. Just a coincidence those are very typical password security questions?

  3. This is definitely a helpful article and can be applied to phone calls as well. Nowadays when I get a call from an unknown number, I just let it go voice mail and check it later, if it sounds automated, then it’s a scam.
    Another thing to note about staying secure online is that phishing emails usually have a fake email address or no email address on display when you look at it, would be smart to ignore these as well.
    If you really are in trouble, I’m sure someone real will call and give you a legitimate business place to address the concerns or send you actual mail that comes in the post.
    Also as a side note, I like that the background is black and the text is white, easier on the eyes, really appreciate it!

    • Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment, very true statement concerning phishing emails, glad you found it informative, can’t take full credit for background I was on another site and it had a black background and I thought I would use it on mine !!!! take care

      Stay secure
      Butch

  4. Great article. I have received loads of enails saying I won money or I have been left a vast sum of money.
    I just delete all of them.

    Once I also had some one take money out my bank account for steam gift cards I had never purchased. I am sure the person got info about me from a file I opened from a download I downloaded once.

    I am really security concious now and check everything to make sure it is safe.

    Do you know of good pc software to keep computer safe? Thanks.

  5. Thank you for taking time to visit and comment, as to your question there are many good trustworthy programs on the market, I have used a few , Norton, Kaspersky, but I found them slowing down my computer, so on my pc I use antivirus on Windows Ten, and with my VPN and browser extension add-ons, and privacy browser I have been without issues. On my Mac currently I run nothing in way of antivirus. My other devices all have VPN and privacy browser, and add-ons. I know I didn’t offer much in the way of a suggestion as to one specific program but there are lots of things to consider, price, what your risk is to viruses, malware, etc. do you open a lot of attachments, I would suggest doing some research, keeping your personal needs in mind and find that one suits your purpose. Hope this helps, all the best

    Take care
    Butch

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