Personal Information is Like Money

Feb 29, 2016 | Security Tips | 0 comments

Personal Information Is Like Money

Value it and Protect it.

Your mobile devices which include smartphones, laptops and tablets are always within reach everywhere that you go, whether for work, travel or entertainment. These devices make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also pack a ton of information about you and work. It’s important to use your mobile devices safely, consider the following security tips for all your mobile devices.

Secure your devices Use strong passwords, passcodes or touch ID features to lock your devices. These security measures can help protect your information if your devices are lost or stolen and keep those prying eyes out.

Think before you app Information about you, such as the games you like to play, your contact list, where you shop and your location has value. Be thoughtful about who gets the information and how it is collected through apps.

Now you see me, now you don’t Some stores and other locations look for devices with WiFi or Bluetooth turned on to track your movements while your in range. Disable WiFi and Bluetooth when not in use.

Get savvy about WiFi hotspots Public wireless networks and hotspots are not secure, which means that anyone could potentially see what you are doing on your mobile device while you are connected. Limit what you do on public WiFi and avoid logging in to key accounts like email and financial services on these networks. Consider using a virtual private network (VPN) or a personal secure connection on the go.

Keep your device up to date Your mobile devices are just as vulnerable as your PC. Having the most up-to-date security software, web browser, operating system and apps is the best defense against viruses, malware and other online threats.

Delete when done Many of us download apps for specific purposes and then they are no longer useful or interesting to us. It’s a good practice to delete all apps you no longer use.

Remember personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.

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