Is your personal information secured online and are you taking all the possible measures to ensure that it is safe? There are some simple steps that you can follow to strength your online security!
- Password Protection- When it comes to password security, it is better to be safe than sorry. Refrain from sharing your password online. Create passwords that are unique and difficult for a hacker to figure out… don’t make it easy for them! Don’t use your pet’s name, or your birth date- this is information that can be easily discovered. Another problem with passwords is the vast accumulation of them over time. Do not keep your passwords in your phone, or saved on a document on your computer. These files can end up in the hands of hackers, leaving your personal information at risk. Consider using a protected password manager to store your passwords.
- Do not open attachments from untrustworthy sources! –Simple as that.
- Safe Online Shopping- shopping online is quick and convenient, but can also put your personal information at risk of being stolen. When you use your credit card online it is susceptible of being hacked. A piece of advice: Only use your credit card on websites with the prefix “https”. The “s” confirms that the site is using a secure protocol to encrypt any communication between you and the website you are shopping on. So when in doubt, play it safe and don’t shop on that site, but if you must…look for the “s”.
- Mobile Device Safety- Now-a-days almost all of our personal accounts can be accessed in the palm of our hands. This includes banking accounts, shopping accounts, email, etc. The scary thing is, it is so easy for your mobile device to be misplaced and stolen. So, it is just as important to ensure that your are following the above safety tips with your mobile devices.
- Set lock codes on your phone
- Enable Find My iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- Set up Do Not Track in your web browser
- Look for the “https” URL
- Avoid connecting to public Wi-Fi
- Manage your privacy settings for your apps
These are just a few simple tips to get you headed on the right path to securing your personal information. It is easy to overlook practices that make us vulnerable to cyber attacks. But, it is important to make ourselves aware. Consider taking TrainACE’s Security+ Training Course to strengthen your knowledge on general security concepts.