Tips for keeping your online accounts safe

From staff reportsFebruary 11, 2013 

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, and it’s one of the busiest days of the year for online retailers. It’s also a busy day for online cybercriminals who use the flurry of purchasing activity as an opportunity to steal credit card information and spread computer viruses and worms.

AVG Technologies, a software and online services company, recommends that consumers, including small-business owners, be aware of online traps, including last-minute discount codes and solicitations from unfamiliar websites.

Here are tips on how to keep your online accounts, computers, smartphones and tablets safe:

• Be sure you recognize a website’s URL or check to see if the Web address begins with “https,” an indication that a site is secure, before entering credit card information into that website. Smartphones and tablets make URLs difficult to read because the full Web address isn’t visible.

• Don’t open suspicious email links or e-cards unless you know they’re legitimate. Link scanning technology is available to detect malicious sites and stop a virus before it infects your device.

• Clean out the cookies on your computer after making an online transaction.

• Log out of websites after use and use strong computer and website passwords so no one can access your accounts.

• Don’t share potentially malicious links with customers, other business owners or friends.


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