How to Stay Safe Online for Identity Management Day

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Elise Amendola

SPOKANE, Wash. — April 12 is Identity Management Day, a day to raise awareness about the importance of managing and securing digital identities.

Research shows that scammers are increasing their complexity and that hacks seem more real than ever to consumers. Lookout cybersecurity conducted a survey and found that 8.7% of its 2,000 participants correctly identified legitimate text messages, login pages, and videos from scammers.

Here are some tips from Identity Management Day on how to avoid online scammers:

  • Hide public information

Limit the amount of personal information you put online. Items such as locations, pet names, family names, and birthdays can be used to gain access to important accounts.

If possible, use two-factor authentication for your logins. This makes it harder for hackers to access your account and will alert you to any potential hacking attempts. Also, be sure to change the passwords of your most important accounts regularly to prevent hackers from gaining access. Be sure to use a combination of letters and numbers for best protection.

  • Avoid using common passwords

Passwords like “password”, azerty, and “123456” are easy for hackers to crack, so use a unique password that only you can guess.

If you connect to an unknown WiFi network and it starts asking you for any kind of username and password, like validating your identity with a login, disconnect immediately. And try to avoid using public WiFi in general.

Most security protection software automatically monitors and identifies fraudulent URLs in email, text messages, and across the web and blocks you from threats that can cause harm.

READ: Your passwords might not be as secure as you think

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