Digital Security Expert
Every day we here more stories about identity fraud. Digital security expert, Erik Madden, offers four simple ways to stay safe.
It may seem like a no brainer, but it’s risky to login to your email or social media accounts on a computer that you do not own. As you may have noticed, if you have ever used a mates computer to login to your email or social media account the browser will ask you if you want to remember your details for future logins. If you make the mistake of clicking "yes" or "allow" your details get stored on that computer and they will be able to access your account even after you have logged out.
If you do accidentally do this, you can clear the data from the "preferences" menu of the browser to delete stored passwords. But even if the "save password" option doesn’t appear or pop up a computer can still log your keystrokes and record your password.
2. Using ‘Public Kiosk’ computer workstations is highly risky.
"Public Kiosk" computer workstations, often found in airports, libraries, hotel lobbies and retail environments are very risky, because someone could have installed keystroke logging spyware to try and capture and steal your login information so that they can use it for identity theft, spamming, or industrial espionage (which is illegal spying for economic gain)
3. Don’t share passwords with others.
You could also compromise the security of your email and/or your social media network accounts by sharing your passwords with others, so try and avoid doing so. If you do make the mistake of sharing your password verbally be sure to immediately change it.
It’s always a bad idea to share your username and password to someone in an email, text message, or via chat programs within sites like Facebook because it could be intercepted, or the person you send it to could share it with others or if their account gets hacked your details could get into the wrong hands!!
If you must share your password verbally, be discreet and private. On the other hand if you ask someone else for their password make sure you are discreet and private in accepting this responsibility as well.
4. Never write your password down anywhere.
Try to commit your password to memory, to avoid the risk of someone compromising your security by finding the noted down password