Being Safe in Today’s Tech World

Like everyone else CHSRS corporate housing solutions is always online in today’s tech world. Whether contacting clients via email, requesting services with vendors and doing research – just like you we put ourselves at risk everyday. So how can we be safer in today’s cyber world? Because we are able to do so many things due to today’s electronic capability with computers and of course smart phones. We all put ourselves at risk by doing everyday things like sending emails, on-line shopping, banking, booking reservations and paying bills. However keep in mind that with this convenience that there is also a risk involved.  One of the best things you can do is take a moment and review some important tips on how to protect yourself and stayas  safe as possible against cyber spies.

Remember Play it Safe

An important part of online safety is knowledge, remember most banking institutions and credit card companies will never email or otherwise contact you and ask for your user name, password or other online credentials. Also, be sure to periodically assess your online risk and put into place increased security controls where weaknesses are commonly found; some items to consider when assessing your online risk are:

• Who has access to your online accounts?
• How and where are user names and passwords stored?
• How strong are your passwords and how often are they changed?

Create good passwords. A good password is a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols and numbers. Be sure that it can’t easily be guessed and change your password frequently. Don’t write it down.
Don’t reveal personal information via email. Emails and text messages can be masked to look like they are coming from a trusted sender, when they are actually from someone else. Play it safe. Do not send your personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, passwords etc. via email or texting.
Don’t download that file! Be careful of unsolicited attachments especially .zip files attached to emails can be dangerous, especially when they are from someone you don’t know as they can allow harmful malware or viruses to be downloaded onto your computer. Make sure you have a good antivirus program on your computer that is up to date.
Links aren’t always what they seem. Never log in from a link that is embedded in an email message. Criminals can use fake email addresses and make fake web pages that mimic the page you would expect. To avoid falling into their trap, type in the URL address directly and then log in.
Web sites aren’t always what they seem. Be aware that if you navigate to a website from a link you don’t type, you may end up at a site that looks like the correct one, when in fact it’s not. Take time to verify that the web page you’re visiting matches exactly with the URL that you’d expect.
Log off from sites when you are done. Once you are ready to leave a site you have logged in to, log off rather than just close the page.
Monitor account activity. Monitor your online accounts activity regularly either by reviewing your monthly statements or going directly online, and be sure to report any unauthorized transactions right away to your banking or billing institution.

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