#BeCyberSmart

#BeCyberSmart

Let me guess, you probably use the same password for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or you have your passwords kept somewhere on your computer in a folder named Passwords. If I am right about either of these things, keep reading. BTW this post is #ad, #sponsored by The Department of Homeland Security; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own 👩‍💻.

Did you know that 600,000 Facebook accounts get hacked every single day? Or that 31% of Millennials are likely to share their password?

Ways to #BeCyberSmart

Being smart when it comes to cybersecurity is a must in today’s landscape, since almost everything we do is online. One of the quickest and easiest solutions to protect yourself is by using a password manager. Password managers, like 1Password, manage your passwords and also generates encryption keys that are only accessible by you.

If you haven’t looked into 1Password, I would highly recommend it.

Another way to #BeCyberSmart,  is by turn on two-factor authentication. This is for anyone and everyone who uses Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social platforms. Two-factor authentication can be turned on in the settings section of these social applications.

 

The reason this is so important is that, if someone, gets a hold or guesses your password, obviously this wouldn’t happen after you implement 1Password, but they guess your password and try to break into your social accounts. With two-factor authentication turned on it will send you a text and email notifying you that someone is trying to get into your account from another device. This really eliminates people breaking into social accounts because without the authentication code that gets sent, they are unable to get any further with your account.

 

This reminds me of another thing to be mindful of when online. Be careful who you are sharing information with. The #1 cyber crime is the imposter scam. This is when someone pretends to be someone you know or trust to gain knowledge about you that would benefit them financially.

 

When you are online you never really know who you are talking to, unless you have some sort of personal relationship with them. But for the most part these other accounts we interact with are total strangers. Many times they can reach out to you and start asking for personal information, it may seem harmless but this technique is called phishing. Phishing is when people try to get personal information from another person via phone, email or online messages. Be careful who you are engaging with and who you are sharing our information with.

Remember #BeCyberSmart with these three simple steps! For more information please see https://bit.ly/2Pr8pLO

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