Cyber hygiene involves maintaining the health of your computers and devices and improving online security to help prevent identity or data theft. As more of our lives move online and into the cloud, it’s crucial that everyone takes the necessary precautions to protect their devices and data.
Easy-to-Implement Cyber Hygiene Tips
Keep Software Updated
When your smartphone or computer prompts you with a software update, don’t ignore the message or delay downloading. It could include important security patches and you could be jeopardizing your information by ignoring updates.
Use Unique Passwords
It can be tempting to use the same password for different sites and apps, but it puts your information at risk. When there is a data breach and log-in information for a site is exposed, hackers will try the same username and password combinations on other sites. That’s why it’s important to have unique usernames and passwords for each website or mobile app.
Choose Multi-Factor Authentication when Available
By adding an extra authentication step (such as a fingerprint, a registered trusted device or a one-time passcode sent via email or SMS), you can help prevent hackers from accessing your accounts, even if they’ve stolen your username and/or password.
Be Wary of Emails, Texts or Phone Calls Asking for Information
Messages from unknown people asking you to confirm your log-in information, account number or any other personal information should be ignored. Scammers will often spoof phone numbers or email addresses to appear legitimate, so always be cautious. Never give out any information until you’re absolutely sure who is requesting it.
Install Antivirus and Malware Software
Having software that scans your computer can help catch and remove suspicious files that have made their way into your hard drive. Always make sure the antivirus and malware software you choose is trustworthy and legitimate.
Cyber hygiene should be as important as personal hygiene. Incorporating even a few precautionary measures can make a significant difference in the security of your devices and data.
To help, Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to offer our customers InfoProtector® 360, a new service that provides complete device protection in addition to keeping data safe.
The InfoProtector® 360 Premier plan includes:
- device tune-up reimbursement
- data backup
- lost device scream deterrent
- lost device remote lock and wipe
- lost device location picture and mapping
- lost device return
All the InfoProtector ® 360 plans include an emergency cash advance, one-call card cancellation, a secure online vault to keep copies of important information and lost wallet/purse reimbursement.
Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is proud to team up with Sigma Loyalty Group, the provider of InfoProtector® 360. Safeguarding you everywhere you go with a secure online vault to store important information, protection for your portable devices and their stored data, and travel information and alerts to help you stay safe away from home.