Staying Safe

The Internet gives us the ability to do almost anything we want to online – study, be entertained, stay in touch with friends and family, and even do our shopping. Of course, many people are rightly concerned about sharing personal information – it’s always important to make sure your information is secure, including all of your email. If you have a Google/Gmail account, that security’s going to be even better, because Google is implementing a second layer of password security that is changing on a constant basis, making it harder for your account to be phished or hacked. Here’s the aritcle I read about it over on TechCrunch. If you’re not currently in a position to take advantage of Google’s system, here are some simple tips:

– Beware of links from outside sources – sometimes copying the link and Googling it will turn up information about any scams related to it.
– If you receive an odd message from your friend or relative, write them a response to see if the message came from them or was the result of a hacker.
– Check the URL when you’re asked for a password – often that’s how accounts get phished – a site looks IDENTICAL to the login page, but the address is off.

If you have safety tips, please share them in the comments. Thanks!

Stay Safe,