The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team and Stay Safe Online are two organizations that provide a number of tips and resources on how to maintain online privacy and security.
Please take time to review the links below for steps you can take to secure the privacy of your information and identity.
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/
Please follow these basic security measures at all times:
Lock your computer desktop when stepping away from your office or public computer.
Use a strong password, and NEVER share it.
Use caution with email attachments. US-CERT advises "Do not open email attachments that you were not expecting, especially if they are from people you do not know."
Be wary of downloadable files on websites, as these are the leading purveyors of spyware and malware. US-CERT advises " Avoid downloading files from sites that you do not trust. If you are getting the files from a supposedly secure site, look for a website certificate (see Understanding Web Site Certificates for more information). If you do download a file from a website, consider saving it to your computer and manually scanning it for viruses before opening it."
Be wary of Phishing attempts. US-CERT describes "Phishing is a form of social engineering. Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to solicit personal information by posing as a trustworthy organization. For example, an attacker may send email seemingly from a reputable credit card company or financial institution that requests account information, often suggesting that there is a problem. When users respond with the requested information, attackers can use it to gain access to the accounts."