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Turn Off Your Computer

With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action. The downside is that being “always on” renders computers more susceptible. Beyond firewall protection, which is designed to fend off unwanted attacks, turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection—be it spyware or a botnet that […]

Delete sensitive files the right way

If you need to delete a PDF with your banking information on it, don’t just drag-and-drop it into the trash folder on your desktop. This won’t entirely delete the file, which means it can still be accessed by hackers. Instead, use a dedicated erasure app to eliminate any chance of the file being recovered.

When it comes to password protection, listen to the experts

Cybersecurity professionals recommend creating passwords that are at least 20 characters long, with a unique mix of letters, numbers and symbols. They also say you should never use the same password twice and update them every 90 days.

Keep tabs on your bank and credit card statements

Be sure to continuously check your accounts for any unauthorized activity. Good record keeping goes hand-in-hand with managing your cybersecurity. Another tip for monitoring activity is to set up alerts so that if your credit card is used, you will receive an email or text message with the transaction details.

Secure your wireless network

Properly secure the wireless network you use to connect Internet-enabled devices. Consider placing these devices on a separate and dedicated network. Whether it’s your computer, smartphone, game device, or other network devices, the best defense is to stay on top of things by updating to the latest security software, web browser, and operating systems. If […]

When using public Wi-Fi, don’t download any sensitive assets

The programs and applications you download, as well as your internet history, can be monitored by the operator of a public network. To protect your privacy, set limitations on your activity while using public Wi-Fi in coffee shops, airports, etc.