In January of each year I write an article to help you think about your house, Electronic and Personal Security. This year I will devote most of this article explaining how to protect yourself following the information breaches of 2018.
2018 was a terrible year for our personal information being stolen due to computer hacks and breaches at many large companies. So, through no fault of your own your name, email address and passwords were stolen. In some cases, other personal information like your address, telephone number and medical information was exposed. This year I think that it is quite important that you spend some time on your own electronic security. So, what can you do to protect yourself and your online data?
To begin with every on-line account should have a different and unique password. Do not make it a dictionary word. You are most likely going to say how do I keep track of all these new passwords? The solution is a fantastic password manager, there are many. I use DashLane find one you like, and it will make your life much easier. They work across all platforms and devices such as your smart phone, tablet and desktopcomputer.
This is where after you input your special password, the site will send a code for your smartphone via text or email. You will then enter that code to the site for access. This code only is active for a short time period. If you use Facebook or Instagram a lot take a good look at the information that you’ve posted about yourself. Try looking at that information like a bad guy would, you may be amazed what you find.
This year I spent a lot of space telling you how to protect yourself following the information breaches of 2018. Before I finish this article, I want to be sure you all travel safe, especially if you go from the United States. Buy travel insurance that can help pay for any medical emergencies or emergency transportation back home. And finally, be conscious of where you’re, if your gut tells you no do not go.
George Uliano is a safety professional with years of law enforcement and security experience. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Business graduating with honors. George holds three U.S. patents on different locking principles. This combination gives George and His Business Locking Systems International Inc the exceptional ability to provide its customers with the right security at a reasonable price.