No matter whether you have an online business or not, you will be well aware of the need to protect your security whenever you go online. This is particularly important when it comes to any personal data which could be used by other people in some way.
Internet security is always evolving and improving, but that doesn't relieve you of the need to do whatever you can to keep yourself safe. The first step in the right direction is never to assume that the website you are going on has taken every possible measure to protect your information. That will always ultimately be down to you, and if you ever visit a website where things just don't seem quite as secure as they should be, it's safer to run in the opposite direction before you give up any personal information.
Any website requiring you to log in for some reason should always have a secure log in screen that you can use. If it doesn't then anyone with the right knowledge could hack into the website and intercept the information you are logging in with. Always look for the secure padlock symbol and the https:// before the website address that indicates you are using a secure connection.
But personal security can be compromised in other ways as well. Take the proliferation of social networking sites for example. These always require you to choose a screen name (a user name if you prefer) and a password in order to access your account. Never use your own name or a version of it if you can possibly help it, and try and choose a different password for each website you join as well. It might be difficult to remember them all but it keeps your personal information safer in the long run if you do.
The worst sin is to use the same password for every single online log in - from your bank accounts to your MySpace account. This is simply asking for trouble. A so called ethical hacker would have a field day hacking into your computer and showing you just how much damage that single 'easy to remember' password could do in a very short space of time.
It seems then that you should be worried about putting personal information online, but that isn't always the case. It helps enormously to keep your wits about you and make sure that you are inputting your information over a secure connection whenever necessary, as well as keeping your logins secure and away from prying eyes. It certainly helps to have a good memory in this respect, since you don't want to write a huge list of them down in case anyone should find it.
In the end you are responsible for your personal information and for keeping it safe. Most online security breaches occur as a result of people not taking all the steps they should be taking to keep themselves safe - and that is the hardest way to learn this particular lesson.
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