Some basic guidelines everyone should practice:
* Always use a security code for pc's, tablets, phones and other portable media.
* Do not share your username or passwords!
* Do not click on unexpected links or pop ups.
* Always update your software with the latest patches.
* Don't send financial and personal information through email.
Now here are more important cyberspace ideas to consider:
1) Passwords are Important!
Do you use "123456" or "password" or "qwerty" or "baseball" as a password. Please stop! These are just a few incredibly common passwords people use so don't blame hackers for stealing your account if you have these passwords. Make it as hard as possible for hackers to crack your online account with this simple guideline:
* Try not to use the same password for multiple sites.
* Don't use your common name for similar information that would be easy to guess if it's related to you. ie... relatives, kids, pets.
* Use a combination of Upper and lower case letters along with special characters and numbers.
* Make the password as long as possible; the longer the password, the longer it takes to hack.
For the tech savvy out there you could use a Password manager such as LastPass, 1Password and KeePass to encrypt and randomize all your passwords.
2) Use Public Wifi Correctly
* Avoid websites that need sensitive information such as bank sites and wait to get home before you access those.
* Turn off file and printer sharing, Bluetooth and network discovery in your network settings.
* Make sure you have an updated firewall that is turned on.
* Make sure you specify your connection as public so your computer doesn't share information.
3) Smart Use of Social Media
* Don't accept invites from people you don't know
* Check your social media security settings regularly. Facebook is notorious for resetting security settings after each update.
* Don't share pictures of personal information such as driver's license and paychecks.
* If you use geo-tagging turn it off. People will be able to know if you are home or not.
* Don't click on every curious popup on social media... they could be phishing scams.
4) Keep your Email Secure
* Use several email accounts for different purposes. One for banking, one for social media, one for business etc...
* Use email services that have 2-step verification. This makes it incredibly difficult to hack your email and hackers will move on to an easier victim.
* Don't unsubscribe to newsletters you have never subscribed to. Just file into spam and report. These are just phishing scams checking to see which emails are active.
* Don't open suspicious links and be absolutely wary of anyone asking for personal information via email.
I hope you liked these tips and happy surfing!
If you have more please comment and share!