From our experts: Top five cybersecurity tips of 2023

As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of our most effective online security tips. Do you know how to check if a URL in an email is safe? Or the best way to protect your password from hackers? In case you missed it, here are our top explainers to keep you safe as you navigate the digital world.
by Alyssa Schmitt
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Steer clear of hackers’ tricks with our expert security tips!

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Our top security explainers of 2023

Is this URL safe? How to check if a link you received is dangerous

Most of us have grown wary of clicking links in emails and texts. After all, unsafe links in scam messages  can install malware on your device or take you to fraudulent websites designed to steal your data. So how do you know when a URL is safe to click? In this post, our security experts revealed their favorite trick: Use a reputable URL checker. Plus, how to check a link without clicking on it.

How hackers steal passwords - and ways you can protect yours

This post took you into the mind of a hacker to show the many ways they can crack the code to your passwords. Spyware, phishing, good-old-fashioned guesswork, and more: we explored the most common methods of password theft so that you can understand potential vulnerabilities. We also give you pointers on how to protect yourself against each method of password theft. Strengthen the security of your accounts so you can beat hackers at their game!

Fake job offer emails: How to avoid job scams

One of the common email scams circulating in 2023 were fake job offers. This type of employment scam doesn’t just lead to disappointment, but also aims to steal your money or even involve you in criminal activity. So, if you receive a job offer that seems too good to be true – especially in an unsolicited email offering you a position without a proper interview – read this article before taking the bait. We explain five common work-from-home job scams and give you the tools to spot employment scams and know whether a job offer is legit. 

Email life hack: How multiple email addresses boost your security

Did you know that more email addresses can mean more security? From family use only to newsletter signups, keeping your email account uses separate can help you spot scams and keep your primary email address out of the hands of cybercriminals. So, how many emails accounts should you have? Our article explores different email uses and explains how to manage multiple accounts effectively to maximize your online security.

What is quishing? QR code phishing explained

Have you noticed an uptick in random emails asking you to scan a QR code? Another unfortunate trend in 2023 saw QR code phishing on the rise as cybercriminals embraced a new way to steal your data. Our article explained the signs of “quishing” so you can avoid fraud by QR code.

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