Spring has sprung and, unfortunately thanks to events of the day, so have increased cyber security warnings. While those targets will likely be bigger fish such as large companies or sectors of industry, it’s still important to keep your personal bits and bytes secure.
At the very least, part of your digital spring-cleaning routine should include changing your passwords. Yes, PASSWORDS. You really should not have the same one everywhere. Here is a great password generator, as recommended by our friend and web designer at Your Page Today.
While a strong set of passwords is great, you should take it to the next level by enabling multi-factor or two-factor authentication whenever possible. Often this involves receiving a six-digit code via text as another layer of security to help verify you are the account owner. There are other options depending on the website or app capabilities.
Backing up files can also be a good thing to get into if you haven’t been doing so already. Sure, you could get a decent external hard drive at Best Buy; however, an off-site solution allows for additional security in case of fire, theft or other unforeseen events.
Another task worth considering is to freeze your credit reports: Equifax, Experian, TransUnion
As always, you should also make sure your operating system and other software, including anti-virus, is up to date, and never click on a suspicious link or email. If your anti-virus is hogging valuable system resources or you don’t have one, and/or need a backup solution contact us!