Here are some tips to help you get started to stay safe online:
1. Create Complex Passwords.
We know you’ve heard it before, but creating secure, unique passwords for all your critical accounts is the best way to protect your personal and financial information. This is especially true in times of widespread corporate hacks, where a database breach can expose tens of thousands of user passwords. If you reuse your passwords, a hacker can take the leaked data from one attack and use it to log in to your other accounts. Our best advice: Use a password manager to store and create secure passwords for all your accounts.
Verify that your online accounts provide multi-factor authentication. In this case, multiple pieces of information are required to verify your identity.To sign in to an account, you may need to enter a code to send to your phone, as well as your password and passphrase.
2. Boost Your Network Security.
Make sure your connections are secure as your signups are now more secure. At home or at work, you’re probably using a password-protected router that encrypts your data. But if you’re on the road, you might be tempted to use free public Wi-Fi. The problem with public WLAN is that it is often unsecured. This means that a hacker can access your device or information with relative ease. That’s why you should invest in a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN is software that establishes a secure connection over the Internet so you can connect securely from anywhere.
3. Use a Firewall.
Even if your network is secure, you should use a firewall. This is an electronic barrier that blocks unauthorized access to your computers and devices and is often included in comprehensive security software. Using a firewall ensures that all devices connected to your network are secure, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as smart thermostats and webcams. This is important because many IoT devices are not equipped with security measures that provide hackers with a vulnerable access point to your entire network.