Regardless of the organizations you interact with online, following these safety tips can help protect your online security.
- Don't use the same username and password for everything, and don't save a list of usernames/passwords on your computer.
- Consider two email accounts, keeping one separate for private email use with people you know and trust, and the other for all other online activity.
- If you're using a public computer don’t save your login information and disable options that automatically remember your username and password. Don't leave the computer unattended and log out completely before walking away. Consider an InPrivate browsing session if it's available or delete your temporary Internet files before you leave the computer. If possible, avoid entering any sensitive information into a public computer.
- If you're using public WiFi you should have a firewall installed on your computer and check the network's privacy statement before logging in. If you have sensitive information stored on your computer, consider an operating system that provides encryption to protect your information. Avoid entering sensitive information when on a public WiFi network and turn off the wireless network when you're not using it.
It's important to familiar yourself with what information Snagajob has requested or may request so that you can easily spot someone asking for sensitive information that you should not provide. When you register for an account you will be asked to provide:
- Email address
- ZIP code
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Military service
- Job preferences
- Work experience
If you choose to complete a user profile, which allows you to receive the full benefit from our services, you will be asked to describe your skills, professional experience, educational background, recommendations from other website users, group memberships and networking objectives. If you invite others to network with you in My Account, both your email address and the addresses of those you wish to invite will be required.
Snagajob does not request your credit card, bank account information or personal health information. And we will not ask for your password in an email. Sensitive information may be requested during the application process. Review job postings carefully and email us if you are suspicious of the job posting. Snagajob works to review all job postings for ensure their validity."
Snagajob offers members a large network of job seekers that can help you in your job search through traditional networking and job search advice. You can create your own social network through Snagajob by connecting with other members, and you should follow the same safety rules that you follow on other social media outlets.
Be careful when accepting invitations from people that you do not know and don't provide sensitive information online. Be cautious about providing information that could identify you and don't provide other people's information.
Phishing is a way of attempting to convince you to give out personal information – user names, passwords, credit card details or social security numbers – by impersonating a trustworthy organization in an email, text, instant message or pop-up message. Commonly used disguises are communication from popular websites, online payment processors or banks, or IT administrators. Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email or text. A phishing attack can be hard to spot because the perpetrator may ask you to enter personal details into a fake website that can look and feel almost identical to legitimate sites.
Examples of phishing messages include:
- "We suspect that an unauthorized user has accessed your account. To protect your information, please click the link below to confirm your identity."
- "Our records indicate that you have not changed your password recently. Click the link below to update your information."
- "We are undergoing an account verification process. If you do not reply to this message within 48 hours with your account information, your account will be deleted."
Don't ever give sensitive information through insecure channels, don't reply to suspicious emails and don't click on links within suspicious messages. If you have received a message that requires action, call the organization directly using a number from a bank or credit card statement, or visit the organization's website directly. Learn more about phishing.
Malware, which is short for malicious software, includes a host of computer viruses, worms, spyware, Trojan horses, dishonest adware, backdoors, crimeware, scareware and the list goes on. Regardless of what it's called or how it gets into your system, malware is designed to disrupt operation of your computer or gather information that can lead to the loss of privacy or identity theft.
Malware usually enters your system when you click on a link in an email or pop-up message. Cybercriminals can get crafty and try to trick you into downloading fake security software that claims to protect you against malware. Keep your security software (from a reputable organization) updated, don’t click links in email messages and avoid offers of free security software.
While this is not true of all work-from-home jobs, they are sometimes used by criminals who craft attractive offers to scam people out of money. Job ads promise good income for home-based work, but leave out the fact that you'll have to spend your own money to complete your work. Requirements such as making copies of documents or buying supplies and equipment may be left out of the job description, along with the caveat that you may not get paid if your work does not meet set standards of quality (which are ambiguous at best).
All work-from-home jobs are not scams. If you see an ad or receive an offer for a work-from-home job, make sure the ad is clear about your job assignments, your compensation, who will pay you and how, and if any money is required from you up front. Try to visit the base organization in person, do an Internet search of the company or check in with the Better Business Bureau.