Five tips to tighten up your online security

We are half-way through #CyberAware month, and organizations like the National Cyber Security Alliance and its website continue to remind us that we all have a role in making the Internet more safe.

We live in a world where malicious cyber attacks, data breaches and email phishing attempts occur frequently. Internet security should never be taken lightly. Every security precaution you take reduces your risk. The following are some simple things you can do every day to be more secure while online:

  • Use strong passwords or passphrases:
    • Use passphrases wherever possible and make them as long as you can. Passphrases are harder to crack and easier to remember (e.g., My d0g is funny!).
    • Use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
    • Create different passwords for each application or site you visit. Don’t reuse passwords, especially on common sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
    • Change your passwords often.
    • Don’t store passwords on your computer or the Internet. Never share your passwords with anyone.
  • Use your computer’s screen lock every time you step away.
  • Create a PIN to lock your mobile device after no more than five minutes of inactivity.
  • Avoid unfamiliar or unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Never leave your laptop or mobile devices unattended in a public area or in a car in plain sight, even if the car is locked.

For additional tips and more information about CenturyLink @Ease, our online security suite of services that offer computer support, identity theft protection, automatic cloud backup and antivirus services, visit our consumer security blog

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