Protect your data, devices and your identity 

Protect your data, devices and your identity 

With Christmas fast approaching and new gadgets sure to be purchased for you or a loved one, we have provided some invaluable tips on how to ensure all your data & personal information is secure.

Don’t ever say “It won’t happen to me”.  We are all at risk to attacks to your personal and financial well-being, ignoring this or by not following some of our tips, could see your data stolen.

  1. Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical. Always install the latest security updates for your devices: Mobile phones, laptops and tablets for example.
  1. Turn on Automatic Updates for your operating system.

When using browsers such as Chrome or Firefox that receive frequent, automatic security updates.

Make sure to keep browser plug-ins (Flash, Java, etc.) up to date, there are also several free software updates available for all operating systems, we suggest you installing one right away ( if you haven’t already ) Programs like “Patch My PC Updater” is ideal.

  1. Use Security Software

Always use a trusted Internet Security Software, such as Norton Security or Kaspersky. An up-to-date Internet security program will defend against viruses, spyware, malware and other online threats, this is a must have for any device that you hold your personal data on.

  1. Passwords & Passcodes

Phone passcodes are another important topic. Opening your phone with a single swipe may be a quick way of accessing your favourite social media platforms, but it also means the device is vulnerable to anyone who picks it up. Use a passcode on your phone and make certain it auto-locks.

When picking a password for your laptop or computer. Use a strong mix of characters like !*$% etc, make sure you don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others, nor write it down.

  1. Protecting Against Scams

Phishing scams are an ever-present threat in modern emailing – using various link ploys, cyber-criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging personal information such as your login ID and password, banking or credit card information, always question any emails you receive from companies you don’t recognise and anything that looks like it’s asking for you to click onto links.

Some phishing scams look very real, if you think that one might be real, double-check the sender email address, if its spelt wrong or looks off then make sure you avoid it.

Phishing scams can be carried out by phone, text, or through social networking sites – but most commonly by email, remember that the physical security of your devices is just as important as technical security.

If you need to leave your laptop, phone, or tablet for any length of time, always lock it so no one else can use it, If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure to keep these locked as well.

There are so many ways to protect your data, from software to special password management systems, but being very careful with what you do and how you do it, will go a long way.

Once your device has become redundant, ensure that you pick a trusted E-Waste or WEEE recycler such as Recycle Your Tec. Try to limit leaving any device(s) that hold data just lying around the home or office, not only can they will be used to gain your information from, but the items can actually be reused.

Recycle Your Tec ensures that your sensitive data is securely destroyed using specialised software, full data wiping certification is also provided free of charge so you can be assured that your data has been successfully erased and that you’re in safe hands.

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