The internet is a wonderful tool for learning, socializing, shopping, banking, working, and entertainment. It has become a way of life, and because we use computers and other devices that utilize the latest of technologies in our everyday life, companies have placed great importance on security and protection of user privacy.
But WE MUST do our own part as well. We MUST TAKE CHARGE OF OUR OWN PROTECTION. We’re part of the team, because companies can’t do it alone.
Here are the things we can do to make ourselves safer when we make use of these technologies:
1. Create strong passwords for all your accounts and apps, using a random mix of letters, numbers, and symbols, with a minimum of 8 characters.
2. Use Two-Factor Authentication. This means that you need 2 pieces of information to access your account. Your password is one authentication tool, and answering your security question correctly, for example, can be your second authentication tool.
3. Turn your Firewall on. This is the barrier you need between the outside world and your computer.
4. Look for Encryption: If you see “https”, a padlock, and the URL address bar turns to a green color, that means you’re on an encrypted website, and your information will be secure.
5. Log out of your accounts when you are finished.
6. Protect your smartphone by locking your device with a password or PIN. Set it to lock after a few minutes of inactivity. Enroll in a Locate/Lock/Erase program such as Find My IPhone in case your phone is lost or stolen.
Technology is great but we must always be careful. So do your part and join the team.
From the desk of Jane Constant
Senior Relations Specialist
Nashua Police Department