Bluebird Network is observing Computer Security Day this November 30th by listing 5 ways we can keep our information secure as this day reminds us to protect our computers. Part of understanding computer security is building digital literacy. Technology is rapidly advancing and more virtual alternatives, like telehealth and online banking, are becoming the standard for our day-to-day services. It’s important that we’re informed on the proper ways to protect our personal information.
With our private information flowing through our devices, it’s critical that we keep our information secure. If we don’t, we could become subject to identity theft, fraud, or digital viruses. It’s important we keep ourselves, our families and/or businesses safe by ensuring our devices are secure. Here are 5 ways to help protect personal information:
Install and run antivirus software
An antivirus program will protect against computer viruses or attacks that are meant to damage a computer. A computer virus is a type of code or program created to alter the way a computer operates and is designed to spread between computers by inserting its own code into the computer’s software. A virus has different functions like damaging the computer system or stealing personal details. To protect your technology and data, it’s a good idea to install and run antivirus software consistently.
Secure your wireless network
Securing your personal network is incredibly important when it comes to protecting your technology and personal data. Easy ways to protect your wireless network is by changing the default WiFi admin username and password. Updating this information can protect you from hackers, who might be trying to guess your login information and steal personal data.
Always use strong and different passwords
It may seem obvious to use strong and different passwords, but most people use the same passwords for email, online banking, and other channels that could hold private information. It’s necessary to change passwords from time to time and use different, difficult passwords for different online channels. Otherwise, if hackers acquire your password for one channel, they have your password for many more.
Don’t allow web browsers to store or remember passwords
Allowing your browser to remember passwords seems convenient but can go terribly wrong if a hacker is able to get into your device. They will then have access to your browser and therefore passwords. It’s critical to use strong passwords, but also just as important to keep them private.
Backup critical data
By backing up your devices, you’re protecting your data from any hackers or viruses that may wipe away data from your device. You’re also protecting your data in case any issues arise with your devices. Data can be uploaded to a personal hard drive or cloud storage.