Improve Your Passwords
– Don’t use default names or passwords which can easily be hacked.
– Criminals can often guess passwords based on pet names and the people close to you. Be creative.
– Use a “passphrase” with letters and symbols rather than a password.
– Example: “I Lik3 @ppl3 Pi3”
Practice Good Cyber Hygiene
– Never click a link in an email that goes to an outside site, even if you recognize the company or individual.
– Be careful what information you share on social media and who sees it.
– Set up two-factor authentication to make it more difficult for a third-party to access your accounts.
Keep Your Devices “Clean”
– Update software regularly to make your devices less vulnerable to cyber security threats.
– Check the user guides for all internet-connected devices to see how and where your personal information is stored and shared.
– Don’t join an unknown Wi-Fi hotspot; set up your own.
In addition, work with your internet service provider for advice on how to help keep personal and home internet-connected devices safe online.
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