How to Protect Yourself Against These Common Cyber Threats
Your browser history is a road map of your browsing patterns. Not only does this information show what sites you have visited, it also shows dates and times, and in some cases the actual location you were at when browsing. In the wrong hands, this information can lead to phishing attacks or potentially even blackmail.
Our suggestions? Browse in ‘private’ or ‘incognito mode’, especially if using a public computer. This will make it so that no harvestable data will be stored. Another option is to clear your browser cache often. This is another good way to get rid of potentially damaging or sensitive information.
When paired with bookmarks, saved logins are a truly dangerous combination. All it would take for someone to steal your information is two mouse-clicks. Saved login credentials paired with access to an email account is possibly the worst situation that can happen.
Our suggestion? Never store and never write down any of your login credentials. Take advantage of the many free login managers to store your passwords. Some of the free applications include KeePass and Password Safe.
Home addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information are all common auto-fill information that people tend to use when browsing. This is all information that you wouldn’t want to end up in the wrong hands.
We would highly suggest turning off auto-fill for any confidential or personal information.
Cookies & Cache
Cookies can reveal where you might go and what your account name might be. Your Cache involved storing sections of webpages that you’ve visited for easier access/loading. Malware can easily prey on the information stored in your cookies and cache.
Our suggestion? Browse in ‘private’ or ‘incognito mode’ or frequently clear your cookies and cache on your browser, especially after accessing sensitive information.