Staying Safe Online
In the third edition of our series as part of the ConnectAK campaign, we are pleased to provide you with essential tips to ensure your safety while browsing the Internet. In this digital age, the Internet has become an invaluable tool for accessing information, connecting with others, and conducting transactions. However, we must also be aware of the dangers and challenges that can arise in this vast virtual ocean. Below, we will address three key areas to maintain your online security: file backup, two-factor authentication, and avoiding insecure transactions with personal information.
The loss of important files can be disastrous, but you can prevent it by following a simple practice: back up your documents by sending them to your email address. Setting up a dedicated email account to store your files provides you with a backup accessible from any device with an internet connection. Make sure to send the files as email attachments and, for added security, encrypt those that contain confidential information. With this approach, you can keep your documents safe and protected against accidental losses or damage to your device.
But online security doesn’t just mean keeping your documents secure; it also means keeping your accounts free from hackers. Two-factor authentication is an effective security measure to protect your online accounts. This process adds an additional layer of verification by requiring not only a password but also a second factor, such as a code sent to your mobile phone. Enabling two-factor authentication on your most important accounts, such as social media, email services, and online banking platforms, greatly hinders unauthorized access to your personal information. Make sure to activate this feature in the security settings of each platform and use trusted authentication apps to generate the necessary codes.
Furthermore, in the age of online transactions, it is essential to protect your personal data and avoid conducting transactions on public and insecure sites. Before making any online purchases, ensure that the website is legitimate and secure. Also, refrain from providing sensitive personal information, such as credit card numbers, on untrustworthy or public websites. Use secure and reliable payment platforms like PayPal, which provide an additional layer of security for your online transactions.
Your online security is important! Participate in our survey to help us understand the status of internet access in the Latino community in Alaska. You can access the survey through the following link or by scanning the attached QR code.