This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
Most households and most individuals rely more and more on tech nowadays. We use it to browse, we use it to communicate, and we use it to buy. We use our digital devices, our computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets so much that they are not only an essential tool. They’re a vulnerability. One that can be very costly to our finances and our personal lives. Are you sure you’re properly protecting the tech in your home?
Get serious with your passwords
First, if you don’t use passwords on all your devices, now is the time to start. If your mobile devices have a fingerprint option available, that’s even better. But you have to be smart with the passwords you use. First, don’t rely on personal details like addresses, pet names, and important dates. Those are the first thing any digital crook runs through. Use passwords that are strong, but memorable. You can even use sites that test your password’s strength for you. Don’t write them down, either. Commit them to memory. Even more important, try to use as many as you can. Using the same password for multiple logins means that one breach could lead to a breach of all the different accounts you have using the same details and password.
Make sure all your devices are protected
Most people are well aware of the danger of malware like viruses, adware, and spyware. Most computers come with some kind of free trial to keep them protected, making you likely aware of that at least. But too many go without considering the same kind of protection for their other devices, as well. Your smartphone is just as vulnerable as your laptop. That’s why, if you’re considering getting a subscription for malware-blocking software, you need to think bigger than just one device. Instead, think about getting a package like a Bitdefender multidevice coupon. That way you ensure you’re not leaving any gaping weak spots in all your home tech.
If you’re sharing any details online, whether they’re personal or financial, you need to watch where you put them. The more exposed those details, the more at risk they are. Identity fraud and stolen credit details are a lot more common than they should be because people are less careful with them than they need to be. Don’t post personal details where they’re visible to absolutely everyone. Make sure your financial details are used as sparingly as possible and only on the most trustworthy online shops. One rule of thumb to never forget is never using URLs with ‘https’ as part of their address. That extra ‘s’ means you’re connected to a secure site.
As your use of your digital devices grows, so does the vulnerability of it all. Make sure you and the whole family are using the tips above to stay as protected as they can. Be smart with the software you use, the passwords you and the sites you use. That instantly makes you much safer than most online shoppers.