In today’s world technology has really advanced over the past decade. We have dramatically changed the way we use technology in our daily lives, from working in the office or remotely from home to the way we entertain ourselves through the media. We have vulnerably put personal information online to make purchases or subscriptions, but have you ever stopped to wonder how dangerous it may be if someone stole that information- what type of financial situation this can put you in?
As technology is on the rise, it has increased its exposure to more risk. To keep your personal information secure, we’re sharing a few tips below to follow in order to create a safe environment when using technology:
Change Password Frequently
Having a strong password is the first line of defense. Changing your password frequently will protect you from any breaches in gaining access to information. The recommended frequency to change your password is every 3-6 months. Make sure that it is at least 8 characters with lower and upper-case letters and numbers. Never let anyone know your password.
Secure your Network
Safeguard your Internet connection by using a firewall. Make sure that your network is hidden. You can do this by setting up your router to not appear on the network name. This will ensure that you are the only one on the network.
Protect Against Malware
Make sure your computer is protected with anti-virus and spyware software. This will destroy any viruses that your computer detects. You can purchase Malware protection software at most stores that carry electronics, and it provides frequent updates for your computer to be protected 24/7.
Don’t Open Emails from Unknown Senders
Fight the urge to open unexpected or suspicious emails that include attachments. This is an easy way for cyber predators to gain access to your computer and the information within it. If in doubt delete the email immediately!
Dispose of Sensitive Information Properly
A deleted file does not mean it is completely gone just because we cannot see it. The file tells the computer that there is now an empty space that was assigned to that file for something new. The “deleted file” remains in tact so be sure to adequately erase files that contain personal information. There are many programs that can help you properly erase sensitive files.
These few tips can provide cyber security whether you are on or offline. It may be redundant to constantly change a password or update your anti-virus software but this can cause you less headaches in the long run. So don’t wait until you have a security breach- protect yourself now!