Easy, free, ways to amp up online safety

TULSA - They're easy, they're free, they'll keep your identity and bank account safe.    

Surf, shop, share:  Things you can do online and on your mobile devices are nearly limitless.   As are the places you can do them.

Take four simple steps and you can do them safely, too.

Here's the information on the study and amping up your online safety from AVG:

Do you think you're savvy about protecting your personal information online or across mobile devices? You may be surprised at what a new survey determined. On September 5th, AVG, a global security software maker that protects more than 120 million consumers and small businesses across the globe, will announce the results of a unique new survey that determined what  the savviest consumers are doing to defend themselves against online threats. As a follow-up to last year's ranking of which cities were most likely to be 'digitally duped,'  the 2012 findings shed positive light on the extent to which consumers are educated about how to protect their data on personal and mobile devices.
The study also determined what North American cities are the savviest when it comes to defense against online threats See how your behavior compares to those who do the best job of protecting themselves against identity theft and online security risks.
JR Smith  from AVG can reveals stats about your local area and offer advice on minimizing loss of personal data.
The study found:
61 percent of respondents in the U.S. use a different password for every website visited

51 percent of Americans back up computer data with USB sticks, external hard drives or other storage solutions

34 percent of consumers in the U.S. use only one credit or debit card to conduct online purchases

38 percent of US and look at bank statements more than once a week for inaccuracies or problems.

More ways to stay safe:
·        Use one credit card with a low spending limit for all online purchases. Monitor this account regularly, and flag any inappropriate activity immediately to the bank or lending institution.
·        Change passwords regularly, use variations for each online account, and never, ever share them with others.
·        Back up data! Back up data on computers with external hard drives or a cloud-based solution and don't forget about mobile devices, too.
·        Protect data on the go. The more personal information is shared via mobile devices, the more hackers will target these tools..
·        Be wary of phishing scams. Never click on links in emails from banks, or other financial institutions - go directly to their URL and enter your log-in information from their homepage.

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