S many people are attached to their phones and other mobile technology these days. All of this mobile stuff and all of the wifi connections have increased a person’s’ vulnerability to hacks, getting their identities stolen, and even having their money stolen right from the bank or through hacked credit cards. That’s why it’s even more important now for you to make sure that your devices are safe.
An unprotected device doesn’t just increase your risk of having money stolen from your or your social security number stolen, it also increases your risk of losing precious data you have saved on your devices. There are different types of protection out there, and you need to make sure that you have a little bit of everything.
There are plenty of options out there for downloadable software that can protect your data and your system. From firewalls to virus protection, you need to have it all. And, these are not just things for your desktop computer; you need to have them spread across all of your wifi/internet connected devices.
Viruses can basically happen to anything connected to the internet. That means you want antivirus on your phone and even on your tablet. This can help protect you from a complete system shutdown. However, you need more than this.
Adware, spyware, and malware are all things that can corrupt your system, and they make it so hackers can steal your information. Make sure you have malware protection (yes, even on your smartphone). Run your scanners any time something seems off (it’s better to be safe than sorry).
Using The Cloud
The cloud has made it easier and safer to store and share things. Depending on what service you’re using to save your info online, it’s pretty protected there. Plus, you can find extra protection for your cloud information.
You still might want to be careful what you’re saving there, though. Things like social security numbers and credit card numbers should only ever be saved on secure sites (HTTPS) or with encryption backing it up.
Backing Up Your Files
Speaking of backing things up; always backup your work and any documents you have. Your entire computer system can be backed up on a disk. You can burn information to disks from your computer, save them in the cloud, or save them on a thumb drive. Just make sure they are saved in more than one place.
This way, if your computer crashes or gets infected with a virus, you can still get to the information you had on there and all is not lost. Even smartphones and tablets can have backups done (look at your user manual or do a little online search to find out how).