When you want to make your home secure, you lock the door and switch the alarm on. When you want to protect your valuables, you keep them in a safe. So, what do you do to protect your identity online?

With the recent cyberattacks and the greater the potential for criminals to access your personal information and take advantage of you, it is vital that everyone take precautions and take internet safety seriously.

Robust Networks offers you the following 6 Internet Tips that can help you evaluate your online habits and make changes to help keep you safe online and protect your privacy.

6 Internet Security Tips

Don’t give out your personal information and keep it private

Avoid online phishing attempts by keeping your personal information private. Don’t give out your phone number, social security information, or banking info to someone you don’t know.

Create complex passwords

Create passwords with a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Consider using password managers to create and keep track of your passwords.

Check website reliability

Before purchasing anything on a website ensure that it’s safe. You can do this by checking if it has a small lock icon or “https” before the URL. The “s” in “https” stands for “secure” and the lock means it’s confirmed as a safe site by your browser.

Avoid suspicious online links

Be careful of websites or emails containing suspicious links. Some websites may use quizzes, freebies, or salacious stories to get you to click on them and then steal your personal information.

Keep your computer updated

Computer developers release updates to keep products safe. Keep your device software up to date so it is not vulnerable to malware.

Be cautious with public WIFI

Be careful when you use public wifi. When accessing public networks, anyone can use unsecured networks to distribute malware and access private information.