Personal security for the internet age!

Author’s Note: Security begins with YOU!

Personal security, it is something we need to focus on. First, never click on a link sent to you, unless you know the person directly. By directly it means you trust the person completely. The reality of the scams that have cropped up recently makes it imperative that you don’t click on links. If you are even remotely interested in what you were sent, then examine the URL very carefully. If it purports to be from a site you trust, then it has to end in the .xyz of that site. A university won’t end in a .com address. A major company won’t send you a URL that ends with an address that isn’t an address they own. GE doesn’t send emails that go /aspx (this is truly a fake address) and so on. They send information at the site, and there isn’t anything else after that .com.

Security doesn’t start with someone else; it starts with you. That said, it is also a best practice to not click on links. I tell people all the time that if you email me a link I have to recognize the URL or I won’t click it. In the Windows or Macintosh OS’s, you can hover over a link, and it will show you the entire URL. Always a best practice to make sure you aren’t visiting the BObsyouruncle site. Not that bob shouldn’t be an uncle. Rather that it is a completely fake URL.

If someone knocked on your front door at 2 in the morning, and you weren’t expecting anyone, you would approach the door with caution. You might ask the person to prove they are who they say they are. 2 am door knocking is never a good news situation. The same is true of information sent to you online. Consider your inbox, and social media your front door and assume no matter what it is always 2 am. Now, approach that information with a healthy dose of trust but verify!