About the Author
Ian Burke is the Enterprise Information Security Manager, Information Technology at Road Scholar.


Hi, my name is Ian. I work with the technology department here at Road Scholar to protect our participants’ information. We take many technical and non-technical steps to ensure your information as a participant, is safe

People often ask me, “What are the best ways I can keep my identity safe online?” We thought it would be a good idea to share these tips with you, so I’ve compiled a list of five easy things you can do to protect yourself on the Internet.

1. Vetting Links Before You Click

Always verify links on the Internet. When you are on a website or in an email and you are going to click a link, hover your mouse over it (point to it without clicking). When you hover over the link, you can see the destination appear in the lower left corner of your screen. Make sure that the first part of the link is to the destination you want (e.g., www.roadscholar.org goes to the Road Scholar website).

2. Check Site Security

Before you enter any sensitive information, like names and passwords or payment information, ensure that the site is secure. The site address, at the top of the web browser, should start with an https://. The ‘s’ is what indicates it’s secure.

3. Read Emails Carefully

Read your emails completely. If the language of the email does not fit with what you would expect from the sender, be suspicious that it might be fake. Also, never click a link in a suspicious email. If you want to visit a site in a suspicious email, use your favorite search engine, such as Google, and search for the site outside of the email.

4. Enable Anti-Virus Software

Always have anti-virus software enabled on your computer, regardless of whether you have a Mac or PC. Sophos offers a free product for both Mac and PC. Also, Microsoft’s Windows Defender, which is included with the operating system but not always configured, is increasingly robust. Other products include McAfee, Symantec and Kaperski.

5. Read Web Links

Read web links carefully to check the address. Some malicious sites are made to look like legitimate sites. For example, www.roadscholar.org is our site. www.rodescholor.org is not.

There is lots of interesting and useful information to be found on the Internet. We hope you enjoy your travels around the Digital World and that we are able to join you in these adventures. We think these few tips will help to keep you safe!


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