Use Complex Passwords
Always use passwords that can’t be easily guessed or hacked. Never use the same password for multiple log ins. It can be hard to remember complex passwords for all your services, so find a good password manager that will automatically remember all your passwords for you.
Install Software Updates When Available
We have all done it. Ignored the pop up announcing a new software update is ready to be installed. Sometimes for days, weeks or even months. Updates often contain security patches. Also, once updates are released, hackers are looking to see what’s changed so that they can adjust their tactics to target weak points in the outdated version. Always keep your software up to date.
Use a VPN When Accessing Public Wi-Fi
Free public Wi-Fi networks often provide no encryption which means that any data you send and receive over them is vulnerable. If you need to transfer sensitive data over free Wi-Fi, connect via a Virtual Private Network. A VPN can add an end-to-end layer of encryption to your connection, so that if somebody does try and hack in, they won’t be able to see things like your bank account number or credit card specifics.
Review Your Social Media Settings
Social media is a huge part of many people’s daily life. With so much personal information and photos available to the public, it is important to review your security and privacy settings once in awhile. Double check your settings are exactly where you want them to keep your information protected.
Stay in the Know and Ahead of the Game
Cyber Criminals and Hackers are always learning, adapting and changing as technology grows and changes. The more you know, the easier it will be to protect yourself and your online presence. A great place to start learning is the FREE KnowB4 training offered to all Mid-Rivers customers. Learn about topics like safe passwords, online banking security, protecting your identity and more. Visit www.midrivers.com/cap to get started.