How-to Protect Yourself While Online

It’s easy to take computer security for granted, especially when they come equipped with a handful of factory installed security measures. According to Consumer Reports, however, people are still making some common mistakes that put them at risk for computer failure or identity theft.

Among the common mistakes listed are:

Assuming Your Security Software is Protecting You

Accessing an Account Through an E-Mail Link

Using a Single Password for all Online Accounts

Shopping Online the Same Way you do in Stores

and more, including warnings about free software, clicking pop up ads, and a special warning for Mac users.

What you should be aware of:

Your security software is only effective when frequently updated, and most of these programs offer updates often. Try setting your system to update automatically, so you don’t miss a thing.

Your bank, credit card company, or other important institutions, will never ask you for your account number, password, or other personal information through an email, so if you receive a request for information, don’t fall for it.

Using the same password for every online account could spell trouble if anyone ever gets a hold of that password. Read Useful Things’ post on how-to create better passwords.

Not all retailers are created equal. When you’re shopping online, take precautions. Consumer Reports suggests using a separate credit card for online purchases.

Read more tips at “7 Online Blunders” in Consumer Reports.