Our identity is who we are and why and when we act upon things. It also gives us a defined set of attributes people can recognise us by. It’s safe to say that we want this identity to be secured and out of the  hands of other people.

In the last few years people have been able to “steal your identity” through the internet. By impersonating to be you via passwords and pincodes criminals have been scamming people out of millions of dollars, but you don’t have to fall victim to this type of crime.

Here are some tips that will help you to stay safe online.

1: Change your password every month.

This sounds like a normal thing, but you would be amazed how many people don’t change their passwords, use one password for everything, and use simple words as passwords. By changing these passwords monthly you will keep them out of hands of criminals longer. Use numbers and punctuation marks to create stronger passwords. This will make them harder to guess and keep them safe and secure.

2: Don’t trust every website you see.

Criminals will try to send you websites via e-mail, WhatsApp and other means of communication. Always check if they are who they say they are. If they are not, don’t even bother clicking on a link. Do not fill the forms you see on these websites, under no circumstance! It will try and make you think it is an official website, which you have to log into, but check the address bar on top to check if it really is what they claim it is.

3: Don’t fill in your creditcard on every website you see.

Creditcards are a wonderful thing, and make buying products easier, but are not very secure with only a CVC to back you up. So only use your creditcard solely on websites you know and trust.

4 Invest in a password management system.

Pasword management tools like Lastpass can save you a lot of hassle. It creates encrypted passwords which you can acces with your master password. In turn Lastpass will keep a database of your passwords (encrypted, don’t worry its only for your eyes) and will let your acces them by using using your master.

Keep yourself safe out there. Don’t trust everyone and if something seems to good to be true, it might be.

Let’s talk again soon.

Patrick

Our identity is who we are and why and when we act upon things. It also gives us a defined set of attributes people can recognise us by. It’s safe to say that we want this identity to be secured and out of the  hands of other people.

In the last few years people have been able to “steal your identity” through the internet. By impersonating to be you via passwords and pincodes criminals have been scamming people out of millions of dollars, but you don’t have to fall victim to this type of crime.

Here are some tips that will help you to stay safe online.

1: Change your password every month.

This sounds like a normal thing, but you would be amazed how many people don’t change their passwords, use one password for everything, and use simple words as passwords. By changing these passwords monthly you will keep them out of hands of criminals longer. Use numbers and punctuation marks to create stronger passwords. This will make them harder to guess and keep them safe and secure.

2: Don’t trust every website you see.

Criminals will try to send you websites via e-mail, WhatsApp and other means of communication. Always check if they are who they say they are. If they are not, don’t even bother clicking on a link. Do not fill the forms you see on these websites, under no circumstance! It will try and make you think it is an official website, which you have to log into, but check the address bar on top to check if it really is what they claim it is.

3: Don’t fill in your creditcard on every website you see.

Creditcards are a wonderful thing, and make buying products easier, but are not very secure with only a CVC to back you up. So only use your creditcard solely on websites you know and trust.

4 Invest in a password management system.

Pasword management tools like Lastpass can save you a lot of hassle. It creates encrypted passwords which you can acces with your master password. In turn Lastpass will keep a database of your passwords (encrypted, don’t worry its only for your eyes) and will let your acces them by using using your master.

Keep yourself safe out there. Don’t trust everyone and if something seems to good to be true, it might be.

Let’s talk again soon.

Patrick