Internet Safety Month: Your Guide to Staying Secure Online

June 28, 2024

It’s Internet Safety Month! No matter what your level of Internet expertise is, it’s crucial to be aware of potential risks. While Summit Broadband’s fiber-optic network is more secure than traditional copper cable and easier to detect if it’s been compromised, there are additional steps you can take to keep your information safe.

Here’s how:

  • Strong Passwords and Multi-Factor Authentication: The first line of defense is a strong, unique password for every account. Resist the urge to reuse passwords, and consider using a password manager to generate and store them securely. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds an extra layer of security by requiring a second verification code when logging in, making it much harder for unauthorized access.
  • Think Before You Click: Be cautious of links and attachments, even from seemingly familiar sources. Phishing scams are a constant threat, and hackers can cleverly disguise emails to appear legitimate. Don’t click on anything suspicious, and verify information directly with the sender if unsure.
  • Stranger Danger Applies Online Too: The same stranger safety rules that apply offline hold true online. Be mindful of who you connect with on social media and what information you share. Avoid oversharing personal details, and be wary of online interactions that seem too good to be true.
  • Privacy Matters: Review your privacy settings on social media platforms and adjust them to your comfort level. Control who can see your posts and what information is publicly available. Remember, once something is online, it can be difficult to erase completely.
  • Download with Caution: Free software downloads can sometimes harbor malware (malicious software) designed to steal information or damage your device. Only download software from trusted sources, and be cautious of clicking on pop-up ads that promise free downloads.

By following these simple tips and leveraging available resources, we can all enjoy the internet while protecting ourselves and our loved ones online. Remember, a little vigilance goes a long way in keeping your online experience positive and secure.