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Do you play it safe with social networking?

Social networkingI just watched The Social Network over the weekend (not as good as all the hype, I thought), and given the news that Facebook now has over 600 million users worldwide, it got me wondering: how do you stay safe with social networking?

If you don’t know, then take a look at these tips for staying safe online with social networking sites (like Facebook and Twitter):

Don’t share everything
Despite what your kindergarten teacher told you, sharing is not necessarily a good thing. Too much of your information online can lead to ID theft, so when on social network sites, limit the amount of information you provide. Don’t give out info like your Social Security Number, birthdate, home address, or phone number.

Check your settings regularly
As social media sites try to stay up to date with security, they often make changes to users’ settings. It’s generally in the name of safety, but you should still check your settings, configurations, and privacy pages on your favorite sites and make sure that they are customized the way you want.

Beware of strangers
Just because they want to be your “Friend” doesn’t mean that they are really seeking friendship. Watch out for people you don’t know, as well as clickable links that you didn’t ask for. Scams often come in the form of friendly strangers.

But more than anything: Think before you post (or update or tweet).
When you let the world know where you are going to be, you’re also telling them where you won’t be – at home.

And keep in mind that even if you delete a post, the Internet remembers. So be aware of what you put online. Even the best privacy settings will not help you if you put the post or comment or update or tweet out there for everyone to see.

For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 503-682-2744.

5 tips for banking safely online

locked laptopThe convenience of banking online is fantastic, until a hacker gets access to your accounts.

Think smarter and act safer with these tips:

  1. Use security software that works. And make sure that software is the latest version. This includes anti-virus software, firewalls, and Windows/Apple/what-have-you updates.
  2. Watch your email. Some people use phishing tactics, where they include a link in an email which looks like a legitimate business or bank, but when you click on it, sends you to a scam website. Be safe – go directly to your bank’s website without clicking links.
  3. Only log on to secure sites. If you don’t see the yellow closed padlock or a key  icon in your browser, don’t log on.
  4. Have a strong password. That means no names or words. Strong passwords use a combination of letters and numbers. And don’t use the same password for multiple websites. Don’t let the browser “remember” your passwords if it asks. Change your password regularly.
  5. Keep tabs on your money. Check your accounts regularly. If you notice any unusual transactions, contact your bank immediately.

For more information, check the FDIC website or visit your bank’s website.

Shopping online? Stay safe with these tips

online safetyAs the holiday season approaches and more of us do our shopping online, we need to make sure that we stay safe with online transactions.

Here a few tips for staying safe online. How many of them do you do?

  • Set your anti-virus and anti-spyware software to auto-update.
  • Use an Internet firewall (hardware or software).
  • Don’t click pop-ups and never download files from websites you don’t trust.
  • When making online transactions, be sure web addresses begin with https (not http) and look for a key or padlock icon in your browser window.
  • Upgrade your Internet browser. Newer browser versions support advanced security features, such as phishing site detection and extended security certificates.
  • Don’t surf to other sites while you’re visiting a secure banking site; finish banking, sign out and close your browser before you move on.

For more information, ask one of our helpful reference librarians via email (reference@wilsonvillelibrary.org) or phone at 503-682-2744.