Protecting your personal information online.
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.
- 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.