In January of each year I write an article to assist you think about your house, Electronic and Personal Security. This year I will devote most of this article describing how to protect yourself after the information breaches of 2018.
2018 was a bad year for our personal information being stolen due to computer hacks and breaches at many big companies. So, through no fault of your own your name, email address and passwords were stolen. In some cases, other personal information such as your address, phone number and medical information was exposed. This year I think that it is very important that you spend some time on your own digital security. So, what can you do to protect yourself and your on-line data?
To start with every on-line account needs to have a separate and unique password. It should be at least 12 characters long with upper case, lower case, numbers and symbols. Do not make it a dictionary word. You are probably going to say how can I keep track of all these new passwords? The answer is a fantastic password manager, you will find many. I use DashLane find one you like, and it’ll make your life much easier. They work across all devices and platforms such as your smart phone, tablet and background computer.
Two factor authentication:
This is where after you input your unique password, the website will send a code for your smartphone via text or email. You will then enter that code to the website for access. This code only is active for a brief time period. If you use Facebook or Instagram a lot take a great look at the details that you’ve posted about yourself. Try looking at that information like a bad man would, you might be surprised what you find.
This year I spent a lot of space telling you how to protect yourself after the data breaches of 2018. Before I finish this article, I wish to be sure that you all travel safe, particularly if you go out of the United States. Always leave your itinerary with someone back home, together with copies of your passport and drivers license. Buy travel insurance that could help pay for any medical emergencies or emergency transportation back home. And finally, be conscious of where you’re, if your gut tells you no don’t go.
George Uliano is a safety professional with years of law enforcement and security expertise. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Business Locking Systems International Inc the unique ability to provide its customers with the right security at a reasonable price.