Online Security

Avoid Being A Statistic

Dec 26, 2017

You work in security – so you know all the internet security tricks, right? 

If only that were true, but even security officers can be prone to scams – especially online. Here are some tips from Lofton to help you avoid being a statistic.

Begin by securing – everything

Since we get online in the privacy of our home, or our personal space at the library, local coffee shop, or internet café, etc., we tend to think that everything we do is private. Remember this – the internet is not private. And even though we delete stuff, it’s never totally erased. So, follow some basic rules of safety:

  • Don’t neglect to secure your personal information – this is a biggie. Always use multi-factor authentication for login. Use complex passwords and don’t use the same one for every device, site, etc.
  • Review your settings on a consistent basis – ensure that geotagging features are off – to hide your location
  • Regularly scan for viruses and malware on everything and anything in your home/office that is connected to the internet– including all those little gadgets that fall under IoT
  • Lock your devices when you aren’t using them.
  • Update your web browsers, computer operating systems, and whatever security software you chose. Enable automatic updates from the manufacturer or service provider – they are designed to help you stay secure.
  • Change your passwords regularly.
  • Finally, stay informed. Use the internet to your advantage and research anything that’s even mildly suspicious. If you’re connecting to a company, charity, etc. investigate the organization and then go directly to their site, rather than via a link on another site.

Use common sense with your online activity

The browsing habits you establish are your best line of defense . . . or your worst enemy when it comes to internet safety.

  • Don’t be a “clicker.” Learn to hover over a link so you can see the full URL and make an informed decision about proceeding.
  • Don’t allow apps to automatically open a link the first time you click – this will prevent trouble from accidental clicks.
  • Likewise, don’t click on links and/or attachments in suspicious emails.
  • And speaking of emails, beware. We all know to be leery of emails from unknown sources, but take a moment to confirm those from people you know. If it doesn’t look quite right or doesn’t sound like them, it could be phishing – a hacker trying to appear as a person, organization, or financial institution with whom you’re connected.
  • If you don’t know someone – don’t connect. If it’s a professional connection, you still need to vet it first – before accepting an invitation.
  • Think before you post. Do you want everyone to see the house numbers on the door in the background?
  • Post your trip photos after you get home – don’t announce to the whole world that you are currently on vacation and your house is empty.
  • Use stringent privacy settings on your personal accounts.
  • Yes, the library and those free Wi-Fi spots are a great way to stay active away from home but don’t use them for banking and other highly sensitive activity. Do that only on secured networks.   Even shopping on an unsecured site is risky since you enter your credit card info.

Lofton Security Service is a leading private security service in the Southern region, offering officer patrol and asset protection service, since 1979. Our officers adhere to the highest moral principles in their duties. We set high standards for ourselves, our duty, and our officers. Lofton Security is committed to develop each Security Officer to the highest level of performance. Contact Lofton Security today and discover the multiple benefits of being a Lofton Security Officer.





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