Do you know how to stay safe online?

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By: MJ Gonzales | Executive Chronicles

All business transactions you can think off is now possible online. If you utilize the internet to your advantage you’re not depriving yourself of convenience. You only just have to know important cyber security measures to avoid some inconveniences and protect yourself. How to stay safe online?

If you’re not still aware, there are several threats that online scammers created such as  phishing, hacking, and Facebook like-farming that victimized thousands of people. In fact, even giant sites such as LinkedIn, MySpace, and Tumblr experienced “data breach” or hacking.

“We believe the data breach is attributed to Russian Cyberhacker ‘Peace.’ This same individual is responsible for other recent criminal attacks such as those on LinkedIn and Tumblr, and has claimed on the paid hacker search engine LeakedSource that the data is from a past breach. This is an ongoing investigation, and we will share more information as it becomes available,” the social networking site’s statement. “Email addresses, Myspace usernames, and Myspace passwords for the affected Myspace accounts created prior to June 11, 2013 on the old Myspace platform are at risk.”

Even with this examples, you don’t have to be afraid to the extent that you stop appreciating the bright side of eCommerce.  The reality is there’s always online or offline risks in businesses that you can avoid if you do simple, but significant steps like “stop, think, and connect.”  In fact, these steps are what the National Cyber Security Alliance’s, a group public and private companies, advocating in their education and awareness campaign.

If you do “stop-think- connect” approach it means you analyze first what would be the outcome if you do certain actions such as clicking, sharing, and sending messages. Unfortunately, most of digital citizens expose themselves to online thieves because of recklessness or ignorance.

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Meantime, the study of University of Phoenix College of Information Systems and Technology shared that even people feel they’re less secure they’re not doing solutions for their protection. Dennis Bonilla, executive dean for UPCIST; shared for your cyber security you should change passwords often, be careful of e-mails you receive from people you don’t know, and always use firewall that block viruses.

“When providing any credit card or other financial information online, look for the lock in your browser. The padlock indicates a secure connection protected by encryption technology,” another tip from Bonilla shared on phoenix.edu.