Ten Security Tips for Everyone

  1. Protect your passwords. Create strong passwords using letters, numbers and special characters. Don't use the same password for multiple sites and don't share your password with anyone.
  2. Never leave devices unattended. If you leave your computer, phone or tablet for any length of time-no matter how short-lock it up so no one can use it while you're gone.
  3. Always be careful when clicking email attachments or links. If it's unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don't click on it.
  4. Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network you trust. Don't use a friend's phone, public computer or café's free Wi-Fi, as your data could be copied or stolen.
  5. Back up your data regularly. Make sure your antivirus software is always up to date too.
  6. Be conscientious of what you plug in to your computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives and smartphones.
  7. Watch what you share on social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to a shocking amount of information.
  8. Be careful what info you share on the phone. If someone calls you asking for sensitive information, it's okay to say no. Call the company directly to verify credentials before giving out any info.
  9. Monitor your accounts for suspicious activity. If you see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign you've been compromised.
  10. Adhere to copyright restrictions when downloading software, games, movies or music.
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