Yesterday, in part 1 of this article, we went over some simple and easy steps that can make a big difference in your online safety.

Many security concerns come down to the username and password you create. Many reputable websites will provide a tool that measures the strength of the password you choose, so follow their recommendations closely to protect yourself. Be sure to close old, inactive accounts.

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Password managers are always available often for free like LastPass using the Google Chrome web browser.

Don’t want to use your email address in special situations on the Web? Use resources like mailinator.com where free web-based addresses created as messages are received, with no registration required then messages are deleted after a few hours. Also, consider using some creative license to fictionalize your answers to security questions instead of using real information.

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When you’re on social media websites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, do not share personal information like birthday family names, etc.

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Monitor your personal activity (log-ins, balance statements, etc.), especially your credit report, which you can obtain at AnnualCreditReport.com.

Use companies/resources that send you automatic notifications when notable activity occurs (access, password changes, purchases, etc.).

It’s likely you’ve experienced some type of security breach personally or professionally. Federal and state government are bolstering their personal information protection act to help protect people. If something happens, then report it at https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.

~ Michael Siebenaler