Online Safety

The internet has become an important part of our lives that we use for everything, from work to recreation. Mobile devices now offer even more instant access to information, but it is important to remember that constantly being online can increase the risk of losing personal data. Own your online presence. Follow these tips to stay safe online.

Password Guidelines:

– For your laptop/PC and the websites you visit, create passwords that are a minimum of 8 characters in length.

– Use complex passwords that include capital and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters.

– Lengthier passwords are always better. Consider using a phrase to which you then add the complexity.

  • For example: “Spring Bank is a B Corp” can be rewritten as Spr!nG-b@nK-i$-aBc0rp

– Never share your passwords.

– Each password you use should be unique, which can be difficult to remember for most people. Search for a password manager to store all your passwords. Do not store passwords on your computer or mobile device without the security of a password manager.

Email Tips:

If your inbox is filled with spam, consider getting a second email account. You can use one email for all your “unimportant” needs such as registering on websites and receiving e-receipts. You can reserve a second account for your primary needs such as banking and other services that hold sensitive information.

Website Tips:

– Follow the password guidelines above by making all passwords complex and unique.

– Be aware of people watching you type while you enter your passwords in public.

– Only enter your personal information into websites you trust are valid. To boost your confidence in a website’s safety:

  • Type in the web address as opposed to using a link
  • Check for the lock icon in your browser that indicates a webpage is secure.
  • The website address begins with https://