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Today, hackers are moving beyond their old techniques.

For many years, your security was based primarily on the computer/device you were using.

I do tell people that using an iPad/iPhone is the best computer security generally available. Chromebooks are next. A Mac is probably next. Then quite a bit less secure is Android. And very, very last is Windows, it is many orders of magnitude less safe.

I’ve written an article comparing security of various platforms in great detail here:
http://infotechdesign.net/www/news/94-staying-safe-online-buying-a-new-computer-or-mobile-device

However, even if you are taking measures to be safe, you can still be hacked!

How? It’s called phishing, and basically it is fooling you into providing sensitive information such as your login/password, SSN, credit card number, etc.

Computer security will not protect you from this, so you need to be aware of the threat.

Here are three good rules to follow:

1. If you didn’t go looking for it, don’t install it!
2. If you installed it, update it.
3. If you no longer need it, remove it.

These are from Brian Krebs, an online security expert.
Read more here: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2011/05/krebss-3-basic-rules-for-online-safety/

That is good, old-fashioned security advice that is sound.

However, I’d add a couple of my own pieces of advice today:

4. Be very skeptical of emails or popup messages
5. If you believe you must take an action, NEVER click the link in a popup or email. Instead open a new tab in your browser and manually type in the site URL.

So that email that is from the IRS, or your bank, isn’t. But it can be a 100% identical copy and look real. Don’t believe it! Close it and type in that URL yourself.

I don’t want any of my clients to get compromised. Much is at stake.

Using the Internet is not an option, so you need to be aware to keep safe.

Here’s the article, that explains more about phishing, as well as some some sound advice. You should be able to read it for free, without a Wall Street Journal subscription:

http://on.wsj.com/2mJ5fEW

I can help you secure yourself online. Let me know if you’d like to discuss it.

Here’s to your safety online!

Fred

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