Think And Re-Read Before Hitting The SEND Button
Be smart when reading, opening and replying to emails. Make sure that you are emailing the person you are intending to email. Ask why would my friend or business partner need this information from me? Also keep in mind that companies usually will not ask via e-mail to enter your private information on their websites. When in doubt, pick up a phone and call the person and ask why. Just a few second delay in responding to one of the spear phishing emails will save you money, time, and lots of trouble.
Don’t Use Easy Passwords
We know that you have to remember your password, but don’t make it so easy that anyone can guess it. Once upon a time, back in the days when AOL and Prodigy were kings, simple passwords were not a big a problem because everyone was not on the internet. Today, everyone is on the internet as well as criminals. Create a really good password that includes unique, $<#<*, symbols with letters…NOT words or names. Plus, try to change your password a minimum of once a year. Make it a New Year’s resolution. It would be better to change your password more often then once a year, but once a year is better than never.