Do you know how secure you are online? Whether browsing the internet, playing a game or shopping online, we constantly give information to companies and individuals alike. Ensure that you are doing everything possible to protect yourself and your private information with these 8 easy steps!
BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU CLICK
Anyone can fall prey to clickbait and phishing scams. The survey email that is too good to be true? The random link from a high school buddy? Both examples could easily be a hacker hoping to gain access to your private information. Practice discretion and caution whenever you browse online.
SECURE YOUR MOBILE DEVICES
Your computer may be secure, but what about your mobile devices? Downloading the
wrong app could easily install malware onto your phone or tablet. Also, just in case you lose your device or it is stolen, you should use a passcode whenever possible.
CONSIDER DIFFERENT SEARCH ENGINES
Google may reign supreme, but there are different search engines out there! We recommend researching different solutions so that you can discover the perfect fit for you and your online browsing experience. In the meantime, we recommend browsing in private or incognito mode.
CREATE STRONG PASSWORDS
Regularly changing your password is the golden rule of using the internet. The ideal password is at least 10 characters long and include letters, numbers, and symbols. While your pet is your constant companion, we do not recommend using their name for passwords. Common things like names, birthdays, and anniversaries are easy guesses for anyone accessing your account.
INSTALL ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
An easy way to protect your personal information and devices is by installing antivirus software. Criminals can use viruses to control your device, track your location and access your personal information. Research different types of antivirus to find the best solution for you, your needs and your wallet.
TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION IS KEY
Two-factor authentication verifies your identity by utilizing at least two different forms of authentication, such as a secret question or a certain device. While it may be annoying to complete, two-factor authentication can protect your information when it matters most.
CLEAR YOUR CACHE REGULARLY
Do you remember the last time that you cleared your internet cache? Your cache collects information, including website cookies, saved searches and your browsing history. All you have to do is press the Ctrl + Shft + Del keys at the same time to choose which cache elements you want to delete!
DON’T GET PERSONAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Oversharing is too easy on social media. Be cautious about installing any potentially harmful apps or supplying information to the wrong third-party. Do you really need to know which Hogwarts house you belong to? You can download your Facebook data to discover how much the company knows about you. It may make you want to deactivate your social media entirely!
At Castle Technology Partners, we believe that your technology should work for you, not against you. Download our security checklist or schedule an appointment with us to take control of your security, your information and your assets today!