Whether in the field, in the office or online, your safety is our priority. This National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, check out the ways we go beyond the lines to protect you and your information, and use the tips below to keep yourself safe in your digital daily life.
Consider mobile app sources and permissions
The apps found on mobile devices, such as tablets, smartphones and watches, have become a daily part of our personal and professional lives. Be sure to use them safely. Download apps from a safe and trusted source, like the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Carefully consider the permissions you grant each app. Does this app (and its creator and affiliates) need to know your location or access your contacts? If you do not wish to grant permissions, deny the permission request or seek a different app that meets your privacy requirements.
Use strong passwords and passphrases
Use a strong, unique password for each of your devices and accounts. Instead of a single word, consider a passphrase: a series of words that is easy to remember, such as “Where is my coffee?” The longer your passphrase is, the more secure it is. Using special characters in passwords can also help increase security, such as “Where is my coff33”. Using a password manager is also a good idea to help keep passwords organized and secure.
Keep apps and software up to date
Cyber criminals and software developers are locked in a constant race, with criminals looking for new vulnerabilities in the software your devices use and companies that developed the software addressing these vulnerabilities by releasing updates. Update your apps and software regularly to ensure that you have the newest and most secure versions.
Be your own first line of defense
Technology alone can never fully protect you. If attackers want your password, credit card information or personal data, the easiest way for them to obtain it is to trick you into giving it to them. Practice care and common sense when receiving unexpected emails, texts and phone calls. Don’t give away information if you feel suspicious.
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