Tech Quick Tips by
Capital Technology Group
24/7 Local IT Support
1. Hook up to a network that you know.
Free Wi-Fi is tempting, but be sure that you consider who is providing the connection.
Public connections at the local coffee shop are usually unsecured and leave your
machine open to outsiders. While these networks provide a convenience, there are
risks to be aware of. Click here to learn more about cyber security solutions.
2. Bank and shop with caution.
Shopping from familiar websites is a good place to start. Stick with the reputable sites
that are tried and true – like Amazon or eBay. Also, when checking out and finalizing the
purchase, look for the ‘padlock’ symbol or the abbreviation ‘https’ in the address bar at
the top of your browser. This will ensure that you are on a secure, encrypted part of this
webpage. Keeping an eye on your bank statements for suspicious activity is always a
good idea, among these other best practices for shopping online.
3. Use secure passwords.
Passwords for logging into any website should contain a mix of letters, numbers, and
special characters – as well as be different for each website that you log into. It can
definitely be a pain to remember all of these passwords, but ask yourself which is more
of a pain – remembering these, or recovering stolen personal information.
4. Lock Your Computer.
When you walk away from your machine, lock it. In Windows, it is as easy as pressing
the Windows key + L. On an Apple Mac, pressing “Control+Shift+Eject” will do the trick
(unless you do not have an optical drive, then you can hit the “Power” key instead of
“Eject”). This practice would be the equivalent to deadbolting the front door of your
home. It acts as a deterrent to the bad guys as well as a line of defense. It may even be
worth setting up a password lock on your Apple or Windows machine as well.
5. Do not click on anything unfamiliar.
If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is. If you get an email from an unknown
source, do not click any of the links within it – and immediately report it to your IT
department. If a window pops up while browsing a website, immediately close it.
Familiarity is always your friend. Using your judgment and trusting your gut is the
ultimate defense when online. Always play it safe!
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