Recently, there has been a lot of news about Internet safety and password protection.  While it is important to be aware of large scale cyber-threats, it’s important to stay vigilant online all of the time.  Everyday risks via malware, viruses, and shared computers can also pose a risk to your privacy and online security.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself online that will keep you safer year-round.

  1. Change your passwords every three monthsEven if there is no known risk, it’s important to change your passwords on a regular basis.  Changing your passwords limits the risk if your data is stolen.  It’s also a good idea to change your password if you have provided it to anyone including family or trusted friends.  Do not rely on someone else to protect your identity online.
  2. Don’t use the same password for every accountWe know that it is incredibly convenient to remember one password.  However, using the same password for all accounts means that any security breach exposes the entirety of your online activity.  If remembering multiple passwords is too difficult, try Password Genie.  It protects your online experience with a single sign-in while still giving the protection that comes with password diversity.
  3. Run your updates – Those update notices that appear at the bottom of the screen aren’t just there to annoy you.  Updates often contain patches and protection against new viruses.  When you don’t run your updates, you leave your computer exposed to the newest nasty malware on the Internet.  If you don’t want to interrupt your online time, simply set your computer to restart while you are sleeping.

You may notice that there are only three tips here.  The rest will be in the May addition of our online newsletter!  To sign-up and discover even more ways to stay safe, click here.

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