Important device security tips from your neighborhood credit union

The Internet offers countless opportunities to explore, create and share information. At TruStone Financial, we want you to keep yourself safe and secure while online. So whether you’re a new Internet user or an expert, keep your device secure as you navigate the web with these tips:

UNIQUE PASSWORDS

Passwords are your first line of defense from malicious software and cyber-attacks. It’s important to choose different passwords for each of your online accounts, that way if one account gets hacked not all of them are compromised at once. In order to make each password unique, craft a long password by using numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters for added difficultly. While these may be less convenient and more difficult to remember, it’s worth the added protection. Plus, password recovery options are available to help you easily regain access, just make sure to keep them up-to-date.

SECURE NETWORKS

It’s a good idea to be extra cautious when you log in to a network you don’t know or trust – like the free Wi-Fi at your local coffee shop. Take a look at the address bar in your browser for https:// or a padlock icon which signals that your connection is encrypted and securely connected. Logging on at home? Double-check that your home Wi-Fi network is password protected so other people can’t use it. And just like with other passwords, make it secure and difficult to guess.

LOCK YOUR DEVICE

Make sure you always lock your device when you are finished using your computer, tablet or smartphone. You can even set your device to automatically lock after a certain period of inactivity. For even more protection, you can set up a PIN, pattern, password or touch-ID to unlock your device. That way if your phone or tablet gets misplaced, your personal information won’t be able to be accessed.

KEEP SYSTEMS UP-TO-DATE

In order to keep your operating systems, anti-virus software and browsers up-to-date and secure, make system updates automatic. This feature is available on computers, tablets and smartphones, simply go to System Preferences or Settings to find how to set-up updates automatically. Updates help fix problems with the existing software and add security features to protect against new threats.

For more information on how to keep your personal data safe and private, check out TruStone Financial’s top security tips.

 

Editor’s note: Segments from this article are from the Google Safety Center.