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Three Simple Ways Safer Internet Day Reminds Us to Stay Protected Online

Safer Internet Day started in 2004 to promote better online behaviors and improve the experience of the internet for everyone. Every year, people in more than 140 countries celebrate and spread awareness, and this year ’s theme is “Together for a better internet,” which calls for a stronger collaboration between corporations, governments, and individuals that use the internet every day.

 

“Omega’s mission is to build the simplest and most trustworthy mobile marketplace for people to buy and sell their items, and as such, we are committed to creating positive connections online and offline. Safer Internet Day is a wonderful reminder that we all have a part to play in making the online world a better place to discover, explore, and enjoy, but we must participate and support not only today, but everyday,” said Phil, our CEO.

 

In addition to internet civility, one of the biggest concerns with internet safety is the threat from cyber attacks, which are coordinated by hackers who profit from stealing your personal data. Big corporations like Marriot and Equifax fell victim to these large-scale attacks last year. While there’s little you can do in order to abate large hacks of this size, there are things you can do at home to make it more difficult for your information to wind up in the hands of a hacker:


Change your passwords. The simplest and most effective way to protect your information is to make it as difficult as possible for hackers to access it in the first place. Security measures like passwords and pins are an added layer of protection, so choosing easy passwords or reusing the same passwords across multiple accounts are two of the biggest no-nos. An alphanumeric password that’s at least eight digits long is a good practice, but the hard part is that passwords are hard to remember! Upgrade password management beyond your brain and employ a password management app like LastPass or LogMeOnce to help keep you organized and secure. Tip: You can change the password to your Omega account directly in the app.

 

Use different email addresses for different purposes. Using the same email for multiple accounts that store personal information is risky. If someone were to gain access to that email, they would be able to gain access to all of those accounts with just a click of the “Forgot Password” button. The best thing to do is to have a handful of email addresses that you use for different reasons: one for social media accounts, one for bank accounts, one to communicate with friends and family, and one for online purchases. By using different email addresses for different reasons, it will be easier to catalog what emails you’re going to be receiving. That way, if you get an email attempting to communicate bank account information, but it was sent to your friends and family email, you know it’s most likely fraudulent and can be marked as spam and forgotten.

 

 

Be careful with what you post online. Social media is like the personification of the angel and the devil on your shoulders. On one hand, it’s easier to connect with the people you love and quickly share updates with them from anywhere around the globe. On the other hand, a place where you share where you are, what you’re doing, and what your interests are can open you up to added risk. To help protect your information, consider changing your social media from public to private, so you’re only sharing updates with people you know. Also, try not to overshare by posting your “get to know me in 30 questions” responses that are always popping up on networking sites. When hackers try to guess a password, they usually try to access the account by answering the security questions under your account. Posting the answers to questions like your first pet name or street name you grew up on is definitely something to avoid.