Making important digital resolutions

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(NBC) – As data breaches become more commonplace, many consumers tend to accept or ignore them.

According to Adam Levin of Cyberscout, “Breaches have become the third certainty in life behind death and taxes.”

But don’t let “Security fatigue” keep you from taking steps to prevent an attack. Start by updating software on mobile devices and computers, which often include security patches.

Use long and strong passwords and a change them often. According to digital guardian, almost half of adults still reuse passwords across multiple sites.

Levin cautions, “You can’t do that! And because people can’t remember, get a password manager.”

Tighten security settings on accounts and apps. Often the default settings aren’t the most secure and avoid oversharing online.

Levin says, “It’s too easy to get answers to security questions by simply going on social media sites and reading up on anybody that could be potential target.”

Make sure all data is backed up in a secure place such as a hard drive and take advantage of free credit freezes and reports.

Megan Gorman of Chequers Financial Management advises, “Go to freecreditreport.com and download your credit report and check and make sure none of accounts have been compromised.”

It’s impossible to completely protect your data but don’t expect someone else to do it for you.

Says Levin, “What’s so important about 2019 is for consumers to understand we have shared responsibility, government, business and consumers.”

Do your part to minimize the damage before the next breach.

Another good reminder, be suspicious of emails. According to MacAfee, 71% of malware attacks happen when consumers click on a malicious link or attachment.
 

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