5 tips for protecting your digital data

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It goes without saying, that in today’s Internet age, your digital information has never been more important or potentially vulnerable to be stolen or misused.  However, with a little bit of effort you should be able to keep your data and personal information ready for when you need it, but out of reach from those looking to steal it . Below are some simple tips that we suggest for anyone to use in this digitally connected era.

1. Backup your data

Keeping a backup copy of your photos, videos, important documents is the first step in protection. This will ensure if any of your devices are ever stolen, damaged or lost that you won’t lose your important information. You can easily create a backup on a device like an external hard drive, SD card or backup data to the cloud through services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

2. Update your operation systems

The software on your smartphone, computers and other devices will have occasional vulnerabilities in them that can allow hackers to access your device and its information. By patching (updating software) on your devices your taking a big step in the right direction in closing down those vulnerabilities.

3. Use a firewall

When you get a Secom Internet service, we highly recommend that you immediately install a firewall to protect the devices in your home or office. Most likely if you purchase a common, off-the-shelf router it will have firewall functionality built into it. That’s great and you won’t need to purchase an additional appliance, but take the time to either watch a video on YouTube or read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to turn on the security features of the device. And remember in Step 2 when we said to upgrade your operating systems? Well this goes for routers/firewalls, switches and WiFi access points as well.

4. Don’t use passwords, use phrases instead

Don’t use passwords…are you crazy? Hold on, I’m not suggesting that you don’t protect your logins, but instead of a single password use a phrase of words instead. Perhaps you use portions of one of your favorite quotes, songs or lines from a movie. It’s rather simple and really ups the ante on making your “password” that much harder to break.

5. Lock down your wireless (WiFi) at home or office

It’s a great idea to use the WiFi security of your home device to make sure that nobody else is using your Internet connection. You may be the generous type who loves to share, but this is more than just being a nice person allowing anyone access to your Internet connection. By not having a secured WiFi network you’re making it easy for anyone to bypass your firewall and get easy access to your home devices and data. For most modern Wifi devices this is a very simple setting to turn on, so take the extra minute to do so.

 

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