Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Safeguard Your Identity Online

The recent Heartbleed Bug caused quite a disturbance last week, affecting Internet users across the globe. Most companies (including ReplyManager) have already taken action to increase security onsite; however, there are a number of ways individuals can further protect themselves online. We've laid out a few.

Create strong passwords

  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and punctuation. 
  • Keep passwords as random as possible and stay away from common passwords such as "abc123."
  • Create passwords using a phrase or sentence to make them easy for you to remember, but harder to crack. For example, when using the phrase, "my favorite color is blue," your password might look like: mFc!B1u3

Don't use the same password across multiple accounts

  • In the event of a security breach, attackers will have easy access to those accounts that use the same password. For this reason, be sure that your email account, online banking and other personal accounts have a unique username and password. 

Never open email attachments from unknown senders

  • Opening these files may expose your system to viruses and other malicious software (used to steal passwords and personal information). 

Be wise about Wi-Fi

  • Be wary when connecting to public wireless networks (airports, coffee shops, gyms, etc.) and try to avoid sending sensitive information over these connections. If you must, be sure you are either connected to a secure wireless network or that the websites you visit are protected by some encryption service (typically identified by a 'lock' icon near the address bar). 

Change your passwords frequently

  • Experts suggest updating user passwords every 3 to 6 months to prevent attackers from gaining access to personal and account information.  

If you haven't done so already, take a minute to update your password in ReplyManager. Go to Options > My Password and enter your new password. 

by Samantha Warner
Marketing Extraordinaire