10 Things I know about… Security Precautions

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By Michelle Drolet

Founder & CEO

Ms. Drolet is responsible for all aspects of business for Towerwall. She has more than 24 years of,

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10) Change your password.

If you’ve been using the same password for a long time, then it’s time to change it. You should not only change your passwords regularly but not use the same one for every app or website. Try to use more than 13 characters.

9) Turn off wireless connections.

When you aren’t actively using your Wi-Fi, bluetooth or other wireless connections, you should turn them off to safeguard your privacy.

8) Check privacy settings.

Using apps and services on the default settings often exposes you to unnecessary risks. Dig into those settings and make sure that you aren’t sharing any data unnecessarily.

7) Opt-out of sharing data.

Advertisers are thirsty for your data because it is valuable to them, but sharing unreservedly does little for you. Opt-out of sharing data wherever you can. You don’t know who has access.

6) Keep your web browsing private.

Take advantage of private web browsing modes, such as Chrome’s Incognito mode, and delete your browsing history, cookies and cache regularly to prevent anyone snooping.

5) Remove third-party social media plug-ins.

It may be quick and convenient to log in to a new app or service with your Facebook account, but you might be sharing more than you realize. Don’t grant third-parties access to your social media sites.

4) Turn off geotagging and geolocation services.

When you aren’t using a device to navigate, there’s no need to have location tracking turned on. You should turn off the automatic geotagging of photos.

3) Use credit cards, not debit cards.

You enjoy an extra layer of protection with credit cards, making it easier to claim money back if something goes wrong with a purchase you made. Don’t use debit cards online.

2) Only shop online at trusted websites.

It’s very easy to get a browser extension that will only permit access to secure HTTPS websites.

1) Act quickly if you suspect cybercrime.

If you think you’ve fallen victim to cybercriminals, you need to take action quickly. Call one of the three major credit bureaus and place a fraud alert to make life harder for criminals and identity thieves.

This article was originally posted on Worcester Business Journal >