Common web security myths

The Internet is full of countless websites, useful information and cat videos – but it’s also full of a variety of security threats including viruses and malware. TruStone Financial wants to keep you and your personal information safe, so we’ve busted five of the most common web security myths.

MYTH: You can only get viruses and malware from suspicious areas of the Web.

 FACT: Not all viruses come from shady websites and applications. While users who frequently visit more obscure areas of the Web may be more likely to be infected by a virus, hackers are increasingly taking advantage of popular websites. Even if the site itself has a good reputation, if it runs ads that your network security is not actively verifying, you could fall victim to an attack. Be careful where you click, especially when it comes to ads and pop-ups.

MYTH: I’m not interesting enough. No one wants to hack me.

 FACT: If you think there’s nothing of value on your laptop or smartphone, think again. Anyone can become a target of an online attack. And it’s not just financial records cyber criminals are after – any bit of information, like log-in credentials or contact information, can be used against you. To prevent this from happening, keep your devices secure with passwords and limit the personal information you share online.

MYTH: I have a Mac, they don’t get malware or viruses.

 FACT: Compared to the malware and virus-riddled world of PCs, Macs have remained relatively untouched by large-scale online attacks. However last year, nearly 600,000 Macs were infected by a Trojan which made all Mac users take notice. Keep in mind that all devices are vulnerable, but updating your software will aid in the protection of your data.

MYTH: I’m safer on my phone than my laptop or desktop.

 FACT: Smartphone users may feel more secure when navigating through popular apps or websites, but it’s actually an ideal environment for scammers and hackers. This is due in part to the lack of protection over unsecured Wi-Fi networks and the inability to authenticate email sender or link destinations. Whether you are on your smartphone, laptop or desktop – be careful which sites you visit and what you click on.

MYTH: I run antivirus software. I don’t need to worry about where I click.

 FACT: Antivirus software relies on previous knowledge of threats to protect you. Unfortunately, threats continue to evolve with the technology that is intended to protect your device against them. In addition to antivirus software, keep your system up-to-date, ensure your network is secure and watch where you click.

For more tips on how to keep yourself safe online, visit our Member Security Tips page.


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