Security breaches, skimming scams, and identity theft happen more often than they should and it’s up to us to protect ourselves as much as possible.
The National Cyber Security Alliance marks the annual Data Privacy Day in late January to “empower individuals and business to respect privacy, safeguard data and enable trust” according to their website staysafeonline.org.
Personal information online, like your banking information, car payments, electric bills, connect directly to your money. Banks work hard to protect your information but you can help to protect your data at home with simple steps. The beginning of the year is a great time to buy additional security software to defend against malware and online scams.
The new year is a great time to create more complex, secure passwords. The website listed above offers great recommendations on how to create unbreakable passwords that will help keep your sensitive information safe.
Security for an apartment community’s Wi-Fi network is critical. Sharing your internet or password can be dangerous. If you have dual band connections, you should always use your phone and your computer on the secure network. Never leave your internet connection open to the public and don’t use connections that are open to the public without security software.
Checking email in your community’s theater or lounge can be a great way to be social and still stay productive. If you are planning to use public Wi-Fi, use one that requires a password and make sure that your computer runs security to prevent anyone from stealing your data or personal information.
Living in a digital age, there are new apps and technologies to make our lives simpler and more connected. This progress also requires a bit more vigilance.