Tips to protect your sensitive information in 2018

Personal security goals for 2018

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A new year can mean a fresh start, from diets to taking on a new hobby. But one thing you should also consider is new ways to keep your sensitive information protected in 2018. 

Dr. Jared DeMott from VDA Labs joined the weekend morning team with some tips to keep your sensitive information protected in the new year.

Here is what he recommends:

1. Better Than Just Passwords: Regularly changing and creating strong passwords was considered the best way to keep your personal and financial information safe. Using a password manager is recommended to keep track of them all. However, in the era of widespread corporate hacks, where one database breach can reveal tens of thousands of user passwords, we need more. Because users tend to reuse passwords, a hacker can use leaked data from one attack and use it to login to your other accounts. Thus, multi-factor authentication is required for most all accounts, especially sensitive accounts. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is when multiple pieces of information are required to verify your identity. So, to log into an account you may need to enter a code that is sent to your phone, as well as your user and password.
 
2. Updates, Security Software and Backups: Keep all your software updated so you have the latest security patches. Turn on automatic updates so you don't have to think about it. Make sure that your security software is set to run regular scans.  Use the built-in, security software (like Windows Defender) before a problem happens, that way you're not tempted to download some questionable "security software" at the time of an event -- there are plenty of scams around that. Finally, keep good backups. Ransomware is still a pressing threat: infected users are asked to pay, or they'll lose data.  With good backups and up-to-date code, this is unlikely to be a real problem.
 
3. Street Smarts: Always be cautious about what you do online, which sites you visit, and what you share. Many of today's online threats are based on phishing or social engineering. There are a lot of opportunities to accidentally share our business or personal information online. Be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to banking or personal identity information. Corporate users have been tricked into wiring money to fraudulent accounts. For home users, open Facebook accounts allow attackers spy on people, or to guess at passwords.

4. There are a lot of opportunities to accidentally share our business or personal information online. Be cautious about what you share, particularly when it comes to banking or personal identity information. Corporate users have been tricked into wiring money to fraudulent accounts. For home users, open Facebook accounts allow attackers spy on people, or to guess at passwords.

Click here for more from VDA Labs.

Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WZZM 13 app now.

Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

© 2018 WZZM-TV


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment