If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I love quick tips. Information that is easy to digest, relevant, and fast is always beneficial in my book.

5 easy tips

Security should always be top of mind. Practicing good security habits is not hard. Follow these 5 easy steps to secure your home and family.

  1. Physical security The news headlines routinely cover data breaches, but don’t overlook physical security. Be sure to shred and securely dispose of sensitive documents, hard drives, memory cards, digital cameras and any other devices that may contain information about you or your loved ones. Also, as a reminder, lock up your home and your car when you are away from them.
  2. Software updatesAll of those electronic devices need to be updated with the latest version of software from the manufacturer. Fortunately, most devices do this automatically now, as long as they’re connected to the internet and the automatic update feature has not been turned off.
  3. Scams involving software updates Speaking of software updates, be wary of “tech support scams,” where cybercriminals pose as legitimate businesses and try to trick you into letting them have remote access to your computer. Once remote access is granted, malware can be installed on your computer and your accounts and passwords can be divulged.
  4. Passwords Love them or hate them, passwords are here to stay. Always remember, do not give out your passwords, or make them easily guessable. For example, avoid passwords like “Fall2020!” or “Password2@.” You should also consider investing in a password manager application. Password managers allow you to create complex passwords while using the password manager to remember them.
  5. Online accounts – Avoid sharing passwords with others. You should never give out your online account username and password to anyone. If someone needs access to the account or service, have them create their own user account and set up permissions connected to their own username. Online account takeover is a real threat with serious risks. Sharing online usernames and passwords provides an easy path for a criminal to get access to your account.

For more tips, see my previous posts on How to protect your identity after a disaster, Avoid coronavirus (COVID-19) scams, and one of my personal favorites, Top online take-action tips.

Wilson Bank and Trust is here for you. Should you need help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us online at wilsonbank.com, our mobile app, or call us at (844) WBT-BANK (844-928-2265).

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Posted by Elvis Huff

Elvis Huff worked as an officer and network administrator for 12 years with the Lebanon Police Department and has also served as an adjunct professor in information systems at Cumberland University. Read More »

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