Most businesses have become savvy enough to take measures to protect their data from cyberattacks, but it’s become increasingly just as important for individuals to take precautions to protect their own personal data! Your information may be shared on multiple devices, so it’s easy to lose track of passwords and let things fall through the virtual cracks. Here are a few tips to help keep your personal information and your devices protected:
- Secure Your Wireless Network: Set up your network so that a password is required to access WiFi. You don’t want to accidentally share private information with people you don’t know even when they’re just trying to get free WiFi.
- Use Multi-factor Authentication: When the option exists set up at least two credentials to get into email and online accounts, take advantage of this. That might be your password plus a verification code that gets sent to your cell phone or email.
- Check Your Accounts: Make it a habit to regularly check your bank account to make sure that no unauthorized withdrawals or purchases have been made. You can set up alert notifications every time a transaction is made, too.
- Turn Off Your Computer: Power off your desktop or laptop when it’s not in use. Leaving devices on, especially when it’s connected to the Internet leaves the “door” open for hackers.
- Delete Old Files from Cloud Backups: Good job if you are regularly backing up files. However, don’t forget to delete files from any backup services, like the cloud. Even if you delete old files from your computer or mobile device, you do still need to delete them from your cloud account.
Always be vigilant when it comes to protecting your personal data information. It is critical to be certain you are making payments to familiar, reliable businesses. If you have any online banking concerns, please give us a call.
Waypoint Bank always makes the protection of our customers’ data a priority.