Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others, don’t write it down, and definitely don’t write it on a post-it note attached to your monitor.
A password management program can help you to maintain strong unique passwords for all of your accounts. These programs can generate strong passwords for you, enter credentials automatically, and remind you to update your passwords periodically. Some even alert you to when your password might have been compromised or is being sold on the dark web.
Email, text and phone scams are a constant threat. Cyber criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID, password, bank and credit card information.
• Phishing scams can be carried out by phone, text or through social networking sites – but most commonly by email.
• Be suspicious of any email message or phone call that asks for personal or financial information even if it seems legitimate.
TIP #5 – Install whole home anti-virus protection
Installing a whole home security device like a Bitdefender Box, Norton Core or Cujo AI can help protect all of your devices, including your smart TVs, thermostats, and refrigerators. Also, when you purchase most of these devices it includes antivirus protections for multiple other devices. This way you can have complete home protection as well as device protections.
TIP #6 – Use devices safely
Considering how much we rely on our devices and how susceptible they are to attack, you’ll want to make sure you are protected:
• Lock your device with a PIN or password, and never leave it unprotected in public.
• Only install apps from trusted sources.
• Keep your device’s operating system updated.
• Don’t click on links or attachments from unsolicited emails or texts.
• Avoid transmitting or storing personal information on the device.
• Ensure handheld devices are capable of employing data encryption.