Holiday Hackers Are Here In Texas: 5 Ways To Keep You Protected
The holiday season in Texas is all about joy, gifts, and time with loved ones, but it also brings out cyber criminals looking to kill the festive spirit. It's a digital world nowadays. More shopping and socializing are being done online. Now more than ever, it's crucial to protect your online presence.
If you're anything like me you want to be in the know on how to protect yourself and your family from these digital crooks. An article from Wolf Consulting lays out the top ways to help stop the bad guys in their tracks. Since we're coming up on the season when these crimes typically rise, I wanted to pass along what I discovered.
Don't fall victim. Consider these practical ways to protect yourself against holiday hackers.
HOLIDAY HACKERS HERE IN TEXAS: 5 WAYS TO KEEP YOURSELF PROTECTED
Use Strong Passwords
As basic as it sounds, using a strong password is your first line of defense. Avoid simple ones that include easily guessable information like your name or birthdate. Instead, use a more complex password with a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. Try using a password manager to keep track of your passwords. It not only generates but also stores complex passwords for each of your accounts.
Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)
This adds an extra layer of security to your accounts. With 2FA, even if a hacker gets hold of your password, they won't be able to access your account without the second form of identification, which is usually a code sent to your phone or email.
Be Cautious of Phishing Scams
Phishing attempts typically spike during the holidays. Hackers send emails or texts that seem to be from legitimate companies, asking you to click on a link and enter personal information. Always verify the sender and be on alert about clicking on links from emails or text messages. Go directly to the official website rather than following the link.
Keep Software Updated
Software updates usually include security patches that protect against new threats. Routinely updating your operating system, applications, and antivirus software goes a long way in helping protect you.
Use Secure Connections
Avoid using a public Wi-Fi network for shopping or accessing sensitive information. These networks are often unsecured, making it easier for hackers to steal your information. If you use public Wi-Fi, use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your connection.
Here's the thing, staying safe from holiday hackers doesn't require being a cybersecurity expert. By taking proactive steps like the ones mentioned above, you can enjoy the holidays with some peace of mind.
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