Read these tips from the RCMP and be safe online:
- Separate your social networking logins, passwords and perhaps even emails from your financial information credentials.
- Ensure your computer is updated with security patches, antivirus software, spyware detection updates and more.
- Be aware of what you’re doing online. Don’t click on links or images from people you don’t know, not just in your email, but also in messages on your social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
- It’s not just about infecting your accounts and computers, but if you are infected, you also potentially infect your friends and social network connections as well.
- Apple users are not immune to vulnerabilities related to online scams, malware and identity theft scams.
- Companies need to strongly review and consider policies for allowing open social networking because of fraud and piracy issues.
- Make your users aware of malware and privacy issues if you are going to allow employee use.
- If an offer appears too good to be true, it might be. Any advertising or promotional offer that asks you for email addresses, credit card information and the like should be considered very carefully.
“People need to be very cautious when they are communicating online. People will often misrepresent themselves & pose as someone else in order to befriend others for personal gain or illegal activities. Online predators are smart & engaging.
It’s important to remember that just because someone says they’re your friend online doesn’t mean that they are. Your real friends are the friends that you’ve known for a long time & have come to trust, not someone that you’ve just met online.” – Cpl. Sherrdean Turley, RCMP