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Secure Your Digital Information

Secure your digital information

Once your device is missing, your digital information is susceptible to scrutiny.

The first line of defense is to secure the mobile device itself. Common sense, play it safe, mobile devices are small and lightweight, easy to carry, but also easy to misplace and lose. Have a strong security code that is easy to remember, but hard to guess. Use your device’s auto-lock feature, I recommend you set your auto-lock to take effect immediately from the last activity. Don’t share your mobile device with others, since you can’t set separate profile, like you can when logging into computers, it’s best not to share your device with anyone.

The second thing that you can do to ensure that you’re online mobile experience and your personal information is safe and protected is to have a robust online profile. Create unique and secure online profile for the different apps that you use. Your username should be unique, and it shouldn’t’ the same for all your apps. Passwords, you shouldn’t use the word “password” as your password. They should use reasonably complex and, preferably, at least 8 characters long. Don’t use the same password for all your online accounts. Change the password on a regular basis. Create security answers you can remember in the future, choose questions you can answer consistently, and use one-word answers whenever possible.

The 3rd thing that you can do to protect your information is to stay connected. Mobile devices are computers with software that need to be kept up-to-date. Security protections are built in and updated on a regular basis, and are the best defenses against viruses, malware and other online threats. When you are purchasing an app, use the appropriate apps store – Apple Apps store for Apple Products – Google Play store for Android apps and Windows store for windows apps. Use a cloud backup online service to have all of your pictures, movies, contacts, and personal documents backup on a regular basis.

Today’s mobile devices are as powerful and connected as any PC or laptop. They contain all of your personal digital information. Secure your device: use a security code, use the auto lock feature on your phone, and don’t share your device for usage with another person. Create a robust online profile, the password should be at least 8 characters long, different from your security code, use security profile questions that are easy to remember by you. Stay connected, keep your mobile device software and apps up to date according to the manufacturer.

Follow these 3 simple precautions, your digital information will be safe and your online experience will be pleasant and stress free.

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