Security & Privacy
Security & Privacy

Protecting your personal information online

Adult using a laptop at home while holding a cell phone

It’s important to protect your personal information (this can include your name, birthdate, address etc.). To help you protect your data, check out the tips below:

Safeguard your Accounts:

  • Passwords: Set strong and unique pa$5w0rds for each account. Use passphrases to increase security.
  • Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. Using MFA requires you to enter your username & password and a second form of validation such as a verification code.

Control what you Share:

  • Privacy Settings: Maintain your mystery online. Social media platforms tend to update their privacy settings; check them regularly to ensure you control what is shared publicly.

Safe Browsing:

  • Think Before you Click: Avoid clicking on any spam or pop-ups in your emails, apps or websites. Go directly to the source by opening a new window and searching for the official website.  
  • Public Wi-Fi: Be smart while using public Wi-Fi – it can be a cozy place for cyber criminals to snoop around. Avoid accessing sensitive information such as banking or online shopping.

Good Habits to Have:

  • Passcodes: Lock down your devices. Your smartphones, tablets and laptops are a direct line of access to your emails, online shopping and bank accounts. Protect them with a passcode or pattern and always lock your devices whenever unattended.
  • Regular Clean up: Routinely clear your web browser cache and cookies to remove session ID and credentials that may be stored locally.