Here are some tips on keeping your information safe from hackers and scammers:
- Before you use the internet, make sure your device is protected against intrusion by a package of internet security software which includes anti-virus, anti-spyware, a firewall, and parental controls if you have children who use the device. The package should be turned on and set up for regular automatic updates. New threats occur frequently. Online review sites can help you choose the most appropriate package for you.
- Be sure that your paper shredder produces confetti, or crosscuts your documents. Avoid the ones that simply produce long strips of paper because they can be easily reconstructed.
- Emails can be easily intercepted. When you have to send sensitive information through email use file compression programs (like WinZip) that allow you to put password protection on your files. Simply provide the recipient with the password, independently of the email (via phone, face-to-face, etc.) and they will have no problem retrieving the file.
- Make sure the operating system for your device is up to date, whether it is Windows, Apple, Android, or another provider. These updates typically contain fixes for recently discovered vulnerabilities.
- Don’t overlook basic physical security, like a small UL-rated safe for valuables, valuable documents and computer back-up files. The UL-rating is important because it signifies that the safe is designed to offer a limited degree of protection. It can resist at least 5 consecutive minutes of rigorous prying, drilling, punching, chiseling, and tampering. A good cable lock will also help prevent its theft should your home be broken into.
Taking simple precautions like these can go a long way in keeping your personal information safe.