Take Control of Your Online Security

When spending time online, it makes sense to be smart about protecting yourself and information. Here are some simple tips to help you protect your personal information.

1. Use strong passcodes for your devices

A smart phone or tablet is the device of choice for many people today.  These devices are more likely to be lost or stolen. Smart phones can use passcodes to lock the phone.  It’s a good idea to create a strong passcode for your device. 

2. Review and protect your social media accounts

Make a list of your accounts and decide which ones you need and which ones you don’t. Change the password using a password manager to create a hard to break code.

Sharing too much on social media may put your personal information in the wrong hands. Pay attention to not only the pictures and posts you share, but also to your privacy settings, as well, so that you’re limiting the number of people who can see what you’re sharing.  If your kids are on social media, you may also want to check their privacy settings. And when it comes to posting, make sure they understand what’s safe to share and what’s not.

 3. Create strong and unique passwords for your other online accounts

If you have had the same password on any one account for more than a year, change your password immediately.  Use a password manager to create a strong hard to break code.  Some people use the same password for many accounts.  This is never a good idea.

4. Be wary of free Wi-Fi

Most free public Wi-Fi networks don’t offer much in the way of security. With the right tools, anyone else on the same Wi-Fi network could be “eavesdropping” on your online activity. Before connecting to a public Wi-Fi, make sure your device is protected with a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

 5. Be cautious when downloading apps to your device

When downloading apps to your device, make sure the apps are from a trusted source and only download apps from officially sanctioned mobile app marketplaces such as the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.