As cloud computing expands, and we access personal information via the Internet, we recommend the following tips to increase your privacy and security in a virtual environment.
- Read End User License Agreements so you understand the risks of cloud computing downloads.
- Carefully review privacy and security settings – particularly on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Many default settings allow sharing of information.
- Keep your computer operating system up to date to ensure the highest level of protection.
- Be sure to use a current version of your web browser (ie: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome).
- Close your browser when you are not using the Internet.
- Use secure websites for transactions and shopping. Shop with merchants you know and trust. Make sure Internet purchases are secured with encryption to protect your account information. Look for “secure transaction” symbols like a lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of your web browser window, or “https://…” in the address bar of the website. The “s” indicates “secured” and means the web page uses encryption.
- Conduct online banking activities on secure computers only. Public computers (computers at Internet cafes, copy centers, etc.) should be used with caution, due to shared use and possible tampering. Online banking activities and viewing or downloading documents (statements, etc.) should only be conducted on a computer you know to be safe and secure.
- Always log off from any website after making a purchase with your credit or debit card. If you cannot log off, shut down your browser to prevent unauthorized access to your account information.