Protect Your Confidential Information
Like locking your door and setting the alarm, no security is 100% failsafe, but having measures in place can greatly reduce the chance of being a victim of cyber crime.
CYBERSECURITY TIPS AND RESOURCES
The following tips and resources have been provided to help you make informed decisions about your cyber security. It’s a good idea to review all your technology devices and accounts regularly. The Government of Canada has developed a good overall resource to help prevent issues with your cyber security.
- Devices – be sure to run updates when they become available. When updates are no longer available for your devices, it’s time to upgrade. Your devices include anything that can connect to the internet even if they aren’t currently connected (TVs, smart doorbells, lightbulbs, etc.). View more tips here.
- Connections – be careful not to access confidential information or make purchases when connected to public wi-fi. If you do need to use a public connection, a VPN service can help secure your information.
- Browsers – use a secured web browser. While some browsers are better at security than others there are certain things that you can do to increase security on any browser. Clear your cookies and history regularly, change your search engine to one that does not track you, and add a plugin or two to improve the privacy and security of your internet activities.
- Passwords – keep them strong and private. Use a password manager to set up unique, complex, and random passwords for each site you log into. You just need to remember one passphrase to access the manager. There are several good options that allow your passwords to be synced across multiple devices, making them available wherever you need them.
- Email – stop and reconsider before you click. If in doubt – DELETE. Email is not a secure form of communication. Do not simply email confidential information use secure methods like the ones provided above.
- Online Meetings – When meeting online, set privacy controls, use unique passwords for your sessions, and lock your meetings.
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- Telephone – beware of anyone trying to collect information or get you to buy something on the spot. Time to Call out Fraud