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Our security online has a lot to do with our own behaviors.
We can’t passively relax and think that we are safe because we have a virus protection program. Managing your security online doesn’t need to be technical. We can start with things we can do now. No matter how strong our firewall and malware software is, they can do nothing if we figuratively open the front door for the bad guys.
Department of Homeland Security and FBI
Being safe starts with us and our own habits.
Old or simple passwords, using the same passwords on multiple sites, neglecting to update operating systems when they updates are released and failing to keep other software, especially websites software/platforms/ plugins and security software up to date all make us vulnerable. Other things to watch are downloads and links in email or on malicious sites.
Here are the steps you can take to protect yourself online, and it starts with strong passwords that you change periodically.
In order to keep them safe and in case you forget them, there are a few password “safes” that you can use to store them. The safes are encrypted so they are secure. It is a terrible idea to keep them in a document or spreadsheet. It is also a really bad idea to email them. I use two, one is called Keepass https://keepass.info/ and it is an open source program. It is not much to look at but it is very secure. I also use one called LastPass. https://www.lastpass.com/ I enjoy using LastPass for a couple of reasons. First, It can generate any password with any weird combinations web developers can ask for. Letters, upper case, lower case, numbers and any special characters in any quantity. LastPass also has the ability to create strong passwords that are easy to say. That makes them easier to remember. LastPass has a free version that is more than enough for most people.
Updating software is pretty easy today.
Malware in email is very sneaky today.
Shut your computer down when you are not using it.
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Wait, what is a QR code? QR stands for “quick response.”
If you want someone to access your information on the web without having to type in a long URL, QR codes rock. Through the years, people have tried using them with varying degrees of success. There are two applications that I find very effective. Car dealers can use them on vehicles so that buyers can get more detailed information on the vehicle and real estate agencies can use them on property signs for the exact same reason.
Do you have applications where you have found QR Codes helpful?
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