Personal information is like money – Value it. Protect it.
- Think before you act: Be wary of communications that implore you to act immediately, offer something that sounds too good to be true or ask for personal information.
- Get two steps ahead: Switch on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication wherever offered to prevent unauthorized access.
- Should/Should not: Talk to your family, friends and coworkers about what information you should and shouldn’t send over email. Personal (e.g., Social Security numbers) and financial (e.g., credit card numbers and banking accounts) information should never be sent over email. You may also consider using an email encryption service to keep sensitive emails secure.
- Learn about “The Internet of Things” Security and the Internet of Things
- Know the risks of mobile applications: Risks of Mobile Applications
- Your connected home: Many home appliances and devices can now connect to the Internet. Create a guest network for those devices and keep track of which devices are connected.
- Beware of public WiFi: Cyber criminals can watch your screen and discover your passwords and other information.
- Make passwords long, strong and unique: Combine capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols to create a more secure password.
- Back it up: Protect anything you have saved on your computer (personal paperwork, music, photos, etc.) by making an electronic copy and storing it safely.