Protecting Your Finances from Hackers

Part of the reason hackers get into your accounts is because they get there through computers. Everything we save nowadays is electronic, and we should be doing everything we can on our end to keep that information safe. So here are some computer security tips for you to mull over today.

  1. Don’t open unsolicited emails. You’ve heard it once; you’ve heard it a thousand times. You aren’t related to a princess in Hungary, you aren’t going to win the British Lottery. Chain emails are a bunch of baloney, and if you don’t know the sender, don’t open it! Thankfully, most browser based email providers (Hotmail, Gmail, etc) have upped their spam filters, so this isn’t as much of a worry as it used to be.
  2. Change your passwords regularly. Do it! Some people never change their passwords, so please remember to change your passwords.
  3. Make your computer password protected. And change it regularly. If you have a computer, even if everyone in your house knows the password, have it protected. It’s even more important if this computer is a laptop or netbook. If someone swipes your computer, they’re less likely to get in if it’s protected.
  4. Don’t have a list of your passwords saved on your computer. If someone gets into your computer remotely, which they can do using Trojans and/or keylogging, they can get those easily, even more easily than the passwords saved in your browser.
  5. Scan regularly. Speaking of keyloggers, make sure that you have an updated antivirus and some sort of scanner for spyware protection.
  6. Always go directly to the website you intend to go to. And speaking of going to the right website, don’t use a search engine if you are intending on downloading something, unless you don’t know the website. Then, make sure you’re downloading what you should be.

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