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Be hyper-connected but not hyper-risky

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

(NC) New digital technologies have made parts of our lives easier: we have grown accustomed to paying for our coffees with a simple wave of our phones, we stream our favourite shows on demand, and stay in touch with loved ones across the world using a single app. The impressive list of activities that can be completed with just a few swipes and clicks continues to grow every day.

While emerging technologies are extremely useful and efficient, some of us may feel overwhelmed by the number of risks and security concerns that are associated with a hyper-connected lifestyle. Here are a few steps you can take to help protect your digital identity and information:

• Protect your personal information from identity thieves by not sharing details like your cell number, address, hometown or workplace in emails or personal profiles, for example. If a site or application requires this information, find out how it will be used, and why it is needed.

• Set a strong password for all your devices, and enable them to auto-lock after a short period of inactivity.

• When you upgrade your smartphone or tablet, always set the device back to its original factory settings before disposing of it or selling it. This way, your personal information won’t fall into the wrong hands.

• Update your antivirus/antispyware software regularly.

• Avoid using public, unsecured wireless networks for activities like online banking and shopping, which require sharing sensitive information. When you’re on the go, use a provider’s LTE or 3G service instead.

• Think twice before opening links and files sent from someone you don’t know, and only install apps from trusted sources.

Additional tips for staying safe while using any technology are available at GetCyberSafe.ca.

Source: www.newscanada.com

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