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May 04, 2023 Brittani Johnson

5 Ways to Stay Safe Online

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Use Your Superpowers to Stay Safe Online

Cybercriminals are lurking in the shadows of the digital world. But don't worry; you have secret superpowers to help you stay safe online! Put on your digital cape and get ready to help save you and your family from becoming victims of identity theft and fraud.

Here are five tips you should follow to become an online safety hero:

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1. Create strong and complex passwords.

Think of passwords as your secret identity. Make sure your passwords are long, include a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols, and are unique to each online account. Remember, recycling passwords can put your account – and identity – at risk. Take our quiz to see if you’re a password security pro!

2. Keep your anti-virus software updated.

This is your shield against cyber-attacks, protecting your computer from viruses hiding in plain sight. Consider also installing online data protection software like anti-ransomware, anti-spyware, and anti-phishing to help give you peace of mind when browsing the Internet.

3. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

This is your invisibility cloak, keeping you hidden from digital villains. Using a VPN is particularly important when you need to use public Wi-Fi, as hackers can sneak into those unsecured networks and cause havoc on your device, email, or other online accounts.

4. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA).

2FA is your trusted sidekick, always watching your back. By confirming your identity multiple times — and being alerted each time your sensitive accounts are accessed from different devices — you can stay one step ahead of your archvillains and help prevent them from stealing your superpowers (and your data).

5. Regularly back up your data.

This is your power source, keeping you ready to save the day. You should always have a backup plan to access your most precious information and files.

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Watch this video to help you become an online safety hero and stay safe online. Be a superhero and stay ahead of cyber villains!

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Published by Brittani Johnson May 4, 2023