5 Ways to Stay Safe Online
“Use a strong password” is something we often see online and completely ignore. Maybe you’ve never been hacked, but imagine if all of your private information was compromised. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Create a secure password and frequently change it. Changing your password multiple times per year is a sure way to avoid being hacked. If you are having trouble figuring out how to create a strong password, there are several random password generators that will create secure passwords for you:
Every so often, there are password leaks that occur on large websites. With that being said, don’t reuse your passwords. If your password were to be leaked, hackers would have access to usernames, emails, and passwords that they could attempt to use on other websites.
Never save passwords on your mobile phone. If you lose your phone, there is potential that you have lost your password forever. If you ever have to store your passwords on a device, look into a secure password manager application. Here are a few below:
2. Lower Privacy Settings
There is a lot of data that applications and web-browsers collect and share that we aren’t aware of. Tucked away in the settings of the app are the privacy settings. The privacy settings enable users to adjust the way they share information with the app. For the most privacy, users should choose the settings that share the least amount of data.
3. Back up Data
Imagine your phone breaks, and you haven’t backed up your data in months. You’ve now lost all your recent photos, passwords, and other information. Every so often, you should backup your data. There is plenty of cloud-based storage solutions that offer backup options.
4. Bluetooth Responsibly
Bluetooth is a great way to play your music wirelessly, or as a hotspot for other devices but also opens doors for security vulnerabilities. When you are not using your Bluetooth, it should be turned off. If you are looking for the utmost security, there are options to turn your Bluetooth activity to undetectable.
5. Be careful connecting to public Wi-Fi
Many public Wi-Fi’s are not encrypted, leaving you at risk. When you are connected to a Wi-Fi that is not encrypted, people can monitor your online activity without your knowledge. To play it safe, you should have your Firewall turned on, and have the latest malware protection installed on your device at all times.
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