Daily tips to create awareness of cyber threats and empower Total Defense users to be safer and more secure online.
There are many options for browsing the web. A good rule of thumb is to stick with major web browsers that are regularly updated with critical security patches and other features. Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Opera are all good options in this respect.
You probably have at least one device that runs either iOS or Android. In order to protect your data and identity, set up two-factor authentication so that every login attempt requires an additional credential on top of your username and password. This might be a text message code or an approval from another trusted device.
Default options on certain websites may be chosen for ease, not for security. For instance, avoid allowing a website to remember your password. If your password is stored, your profile and any account information you have provided on that site is readily available if an attacker gains access to your computer. Additionally, evaluate your settings on websites used for social networking. The nature of those sites is to share information, but you can restrict access to limit who can see that information.
When you remove something on your computer hard drive, it’s not really gone, just inaccessible through the normal user interface. To really get rid of it, you’ll need specialized software that overwrites the deleted data multiple times. Also, keeping your old drives in storage instead of throwing or giving them away will also lower your risk of identity theft.
Most kids don’t bully, and there’s no reason for anybody to put up with it. If your child sees cyberbullying happening to someone else, encourage him or her to try to stop it by telling the bully to stop and by not engaging or forwarding anything. Researchers say that bullying usually stops pretty quickly when peers intervene on behalf of the victim. One way to help stop bullying online is to report it to the site or network where you see it.
Some websites and applications allow or even require special characters – like < and ! – in passwords. If you have the option to include them, do so, since their presence makes the password more difficult to guess than if it only contained alphanumerics.
Create individual accounts that grant only the access and permissions required by each user. When you need to grant daily use accounts administrative permissions, only do so temporarily. This precaution decreases the impact of bad choices, such as clicking on phishing emails or visiting malicious websites.
The PlayStation App is compatible with both the PS4 and the PS5. Through the app, you can manage and adjust various settings, including age restrictions and time limits for each user account separately. The time limit settings can be adjusted to set specific lengths of play time as well as determining what times of day an account can be accessed.
The Non-Fungible Token (NFT) market is huge, and potentially lucrative. But it can also lead to terrible losses if you’re duped by fake collections. Don’t buy NFTs from unknown sources, and be wary of trading outside of official marketplaces. NFTs from franchises are usually easier to authenticate, but if you’re interested in individual or independent artists, research their reputation and look for a consistent track record of authorship before you send a payment.
WhatsApp’s ‘live location’ feature is really handy for coordinating meet-ups or keeping track of where your friends or family members are. But be mindful of how casually you allow people to see your live location. You can limit the length of time that your phone continues to broadcast your location, so set it to automatically switch off in a timely manner. Also watch out for sharing your live location in group chats where you may not know everyone in the group. Essentially telling strangers where you live — or that you’re not at home — could put you or your home at risk.
Apple Guided Access allows you to prevent your children from accessing areas of your iPhone or iPad you want to keep them from. This not only protects your children, but it also keeps your data safe from your kids.
To activate Guided Access, open Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access and then toggle it on. There are plenty of options to customize access levels, including passwords, voice recognition and time restrictions, to name just a few.
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