Maggie: We told you about how Valentine’s Day is a billion dollar business, and a lot of that shopping happens online. Well, this week also marked Safer Internet Day. And that has experts talking about how you can protect yourself on the internet. Demetrius Pipkin has the details.
Demetrius: With the recent hacking attacks of Yahoo and stores like Target, Neiman Marcus and Michael’s, many people are looking for ways to better protect their online safety.
Jacqueline Beauchere: A third of the people seem to be exercising good judgment when they text. A third of the people seem to be limiting who can see them on social networks. A third of the people seem to be limiting the general information that’s available online.
Demetrius: That means the majority of people are vulnerable to online dangers and crime, according to the results of an internet safety survey from Microsoft.
Beauchere: Fifteen percent of them said that they had become a victim of a phishing scam. Thirteen percent said someone tried to actually be them online and impersonate them online. And nine percent said that they had fallen victim to identity theft.
Demetrius: Phishing scams are the most popular scams that criminals use to steal identities and then use other peoples’ credit card information online. Now, it comes from the word fishing, like what you would do with a rod, because scammers hope to lure you into clicking, or biting, on the link to a website that looks like the real thing but instead is trying to steal your usernames, your passwords and your credit card information.
You can protect your online privacy by browsing with ‘https’ in the address bar. ‘S’ stands for secure. Update your security settings on social media. Never online shop or make financial transactions over public wifi. And always create different passwords for different accounts. And there are options to help you remember all of these new passwords.
Seth Rosenblatt: LastPass is a browser extension and mobile app that allows you to store all of your passwords behind one very secure gate.
Demetrius: You can also use tools like MaskMe, a browser extension and app that acts as a middleman between you and an online store, keeping all of your information private.
Rosenblatt: When it comes time to put in your credit card information, MaskMe, because it’s a browser add on, will pop up and say, ‘Would you like to create a masked credit card?’ You put in the credit card number that they generate for you. You put in the billing address that they generate for you.
Demetrius: And finally, always use a passcode for your phone and lock your computer when you walk away. This will help keep all of your private information exactly how it should be – private.
Demetrius Pipkin, Channel One News.