It's difficult to imagine going back to a time when we didn't have smartphones at our fingertips. These handy little gadgets enable us to conduct the business of our lives from the palm of our hand.
With the convenience that comes with smartphones and computers comes some risk. We're always warning you about the latest data breach or phishing scam. It's become such a problem that, in trying to keep information safe, President-elect Donald Trump says, "no computer is safe."
PEOTUS made the statement to reporters during his annual New Year's Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The topic of cybersecurity was being discussed after allegations of Russia interfering with the U.S. election came up.
Trump also said, "You know, if you have something really important, write it out and have it delivered by courier, the old-fashioned way. Because I'll tell you what: No computer is safe. I don't care what they say."
President-elect Trump is right when it comes to his skepticism with the security of online communications. We've seen too many data breaches recently not to take this seriously. Yahoo had an especially bad 2016 when we found out about its two massive breaches that affected over 1 billion of its customers.
More than likely we won't all be returning to having messages delivered by courier. However, being cautious with online communications is a good idea. Since we are living in a digital world, here are some ideas to protect your personal data.
Online safety tips:
- Change your password - Whenever you hear news of a data breach, it's a good idea to change your account passwords. Read this article to help you create hack-proof passwords.
- Check HaveIBeenPwned - this site will tell you if your information has been stolen in a previous breach.
- Close unused accounts - Here's an easy way to manage all of your online accounts at once.
- Beware of phishing scams - Scammers will try and piggyback on highly reported cybercrimes. They will create phishing emails, pretending to be the affected company, hoping to get victims to click on malicious links that could lead to more problems. Take our phishing IQ test to see if you can spot a fake email.
- Manage passwords - Many people use the same username and password on multiple sites. This is a terrible practice and you should never do it. If you're using the same credentials on multiple sites, change them to make them unique. If you have too many accounts to remember, you could always use a password manager.
- Keep an eye on your bank accounts - You should be frequently checking your bank statements, looking for suspicious activity. If you see anything that seems strange, report it immediately.
- Have strong security software - Protecting your gadgets with strong security software is important. It's the best defense against digital threats.