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Five Ways to Protect Your Identity Online

Posted on August 30, 2018 by Information Systems Team

Do you know how to protect your identity online? We have five simple tips to help keep you safe!

Privacy Settings

Make sure to enable privacy settings on all of your social media accounts.

Two-Step Verification

Two-step verification features adds an extra level of security to your account by asking you to enter a unique security code in addition to your passwords. As an example, here are are instructions on how to enable this feature on  Amazon.
  1. Log into your account.
  2. In the upper right corner of the screen, hover your mouse over Accounts & Lists. Select Your Account.
  3. Click on Login & security – **you may be required to log in again**
  4. Click the Edit button for Advanced Security Settings
  5. Click Get Started to set up two-step verification
  6. Add your primary cell phone number (this phone must be able to receive text messages) and click Send Code
  7. Enter the code that was sent to your phone and click Verify code and continue
  8. Add a back up phone number and decide on a delivery format – either text message or voice call and click Save Backup Number - **You won’t be able to turn on two-step verification without a backup phone number – this is so you have another method of receiving your code if you don’t have access to your primary mobile device**
  9. You will be taken back to Advanced Security Settings and Two-Step Verification will now have a census of Enabled
Safe Web Browsing

Make sure to check for HTTPS:// security for any website on which you enter information.

Password Managers
 
A password manager assists in generating and retrieving complex passwords, potentially storing such passwords in an encrypted database or calculating them on demand. Valley IS does not endorse any specific password manager, it is up the end user to find something that works for them. Here are 5 that are commonly used:
  1. oneSafe: http://www.onesafe-apps.com/
  2. Password: https://1password.com/
  3. LastPass: https://www.lastpass.com/
  4. Dashlane: https://www.dashlane.com/
  5. Keeper: https://keepersecurity.com/
Security Updates

Make sure that you apply security updates (Windows, Apple, Android) in a timely manner to your computers and/or your mobile devices. 

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