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Online Safety Best Practices


Keeping your home and car protected is a must.  What about your digital identity? Your personal information is at risk any time you log on, but there are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

  1. Multi-Factor Authentication:  You’ve likely seen this feature (and hopefully you’ve started using it) in which additional verification is required to sign in.  Not just a password. You will likely need to set up security questions or you can have a code or verification text or email sent to your phone.  It’s really a win-win! Granted, it takes a little longer to log in, you’ll be thankful you have added layers of security in the event of an attempted breach.
  2. Backup Your Data:  Having your phone or computer stolen is awful, but losing documents, photos, files, etc. doesn’t have to hurt as much!  Backup your data in a variety of ways. Buy an external hard drive or use any number of cloud-based storage solutions to ensure you have backups in place to get you up and running again.
  3. Strong Passwords:  This seems to be the easiest way to improve your online safety.  Don’t use passwords like “1234”, create something complex but easy to remember!  A good tip is to create an acronym, if you can, for a life event. For instance, if you have a memory of “in 2014, my wife had our first baby” and make a password “i2014Mwhofb”.  See how easy that is? And it’s a much better line of defense than “bob123”.

Extra tip:  There are password memory products that can create and remember passwords and userIDs for thousands of sites.  All you have to do is sign up. Check out lastpass.com to learn more. Love that one!

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