By Nancy C. Muir, Ryan C. Williams

Protect your privateness and use the net safely!

Don’t allow information approximately web hazards deter you from taking complete benefit of its merits! the internet is such an grand and resource for connecting with family and friends, procuring, banking, catching up on present occasions, and getting assist in a myriad of how. allow AARP’s Protecting your self on-line For Dummies arm you with the knowledge you should use the net with self assurance. You’ll learn:

  • How and why hazards can occur
  • Steps to guard your self from id robbery, fraud, and e mail scams
  • Expert suggestions for developing powerful passwords and storing them safely
  • Information you want to retain your on-line banking and buying debts safe
  •  By studying this advisor and following a number of security precautions, you'll be convinced and safe as you get pleasure from a...

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    As an example, look at an everyday action, such as buying a book. The last time you bought a book online, did you buy it … Over the Internet? Did the website ask you for any personally identifiable information — your mailing address, perhaps, or an e-mail address? By downloading a book over the Internet, for example, you reveal certain information about yourself to the bookseller. As you continue to read this book, someone at the site may be adding that information to all the other personal data that has already been collected about you based on all the other items you’ve purchased — or even just looked at — while on that website.

    Unfortunately, not all services require this feature. But Google does, so it’s a good example. When you create a Google account, you can specify a mobile phone number to receive a text message when you try to log in to the account from an unfamiliar computer or device. Google sends a text message to the number with a code, and you must enter that code to access the account. An intruder is less likely to have your password and access to your phone, so your information remains safe. If a service offers two-factor authentication, use it!

    If the provider doesn't give you these options, you can still use a good password and keep your information as secure as possible. But you might encourage the provider to add these services as soon as possible (or look for a different provider): Two-factor authentication: This process requires you to log in at least once to an account using a back-up code in addition to using your password. This may sound complicated, but two-factor authentication helps keep your passwords truly private. Unfortunately, not all services require this feature.

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