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Wipe data on your old mobile device before you donate, resell, or recycle it

Your smartphone contains personal data you want to keep private when you dispose your old phone. To protect your privacy, completely erase data off of your phone and reset the phone to its initial factory settings. Then, donate, resell, recycle, or otherwise properly dispose of your phone.

Keep watch on your bank and credit card statements

Be sure to continuously check your accounts for any unauthorized activity. Good recordkeeping 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.

Be cautious when public charging mobile devices

Avoid connecting your smartphone to any computer or charging station that you do not control, such as a charging station at an airport terminal or a shared computer at a library. Connecting a mobile device to a computer using a USB cable can allow software running on that computer to interact with the phone in […]

How to shut down your computer properly: Important to-do’s before closing your computer

There are many benefits to shutting down your computer properly. If you simply close your laptop after each use, your computer could experience degraded performance over time. Also, if you don’t use features that lock access to your device, simply closing the notebook means that anybody nearby could quickly have access to your open documents […]

Pay attention to Google cross-app account alerts

Beginning in 2020, Google began to provide alerts about potential Google Account security issues to users regardless of which Google app (Gmail, YouTube, Drive, etc.) they were using. Look for a small icon, with an exclamation mark next to your profile image, in the upper right corner of most apps. Tapping/clicking through will display the […]

Take the Google Security Checkup

The Security Checkup offered by Google is a step-by-step guide for making sure your account is secure and recoverable in case it’s attacked. Open your account page, then select the Security tab. At the top, you’ll see a message that says “We keep your account protected.” Click “Get started” and follow the on-screen instructions. If […]