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Five Tips to Increase Your Personal Cybersecurity

By SDCCU , 18.10.2018 Financial Education
Five Tips to Increase Your Personal Cybersecurity
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. With technology playing an increasingly significant role in our daily lives, cybersecurity is more important than ever. Here are some easy tips to make sure you are making the right choices when it comes to securing your information on your devices:
 
  1. You are a target.    Realize that you are an attractive target to hackers. Your computer, mobile devices and accounts all contain important information that is extremely valuable to cyber criminals. Don’t ever say “It won’t happen to me.”
  2. Create long and unique passphrases.    Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others and don’t write it down where it can be easily accessed by others. Consider using a passphrase – a sequence of words and special characters which are easy for you to remember. Passphrases are similar to passwords in usage, but are longer and more secure. Example: 8LacKLi$t!isThe83$t$how!
  3. Lock it up.    Never leave your computer and mobile devices unattended. If you need to leave your device for any length of time, lock it up so that no one can use it while you’re away. If you keep sensitive information on a USB drive or external hard drive, make sure to lock it up as well.
  4. Beware of browsing.    Sensitive browsing, such as banking and shopping purchases, should only be executed on a device that belongs to you and on a secure network that you trust. Whether it’s a friend’s phone, a public computer or a cafe’s free WiFi, your data can easily be copied or stolen when using an unsecure network.
  5. Share less information.    Watch what you’re sharing on social networks. Criminals can befriend you or impersonate people you know and easily gain access to a tremendous amount of information including; where you go to school, where you work, when you’re on vacation, etc. This information can be used against you to help cyber criminals gain access to more valuable data or your personal accounts.
For more information about how to protect yourself, visit sdccu.com/security.

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