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Monday, February 10, 2014

SECURITY!!!

I feel like all we hear about recently is security, security, security. And security. Your computer isn't secure enough for this, your bank account is too vulnerable for that, don't swipe your card here, blah blah. During the Olympics in Russia, several people had reported concerns. One reporter even claimed minutes after just turning on a brand new computer it was "hacked." His phone was also claimed to be compromised. Then there was the big box store fiasco with stolen card numbers and such. Then there was lots of other things too... Get it? Security is a BIG deal with the advances of tech. So the question is, what are you doing to prevent these problems from hitting you? Here's a few pointers:

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1: Lock up that phone! Turn off bluetooth when it's not in use. Those hacker nerds can walk beside you in the mall while stealing info stored on your phone.

2: Setup unlocking security on your phone whether it's a code, word, codeword, fingerprint, pattern, or nuclear launch code.

3: Don't save unnecessary private data on your phone. It only takes one accidental left at Starbucks to wipe out your finances and high score on Candy Crush.

4: Try not to use public wifi if you don't have to. It's a hackers playground.

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5: Password protect your computers and don't sticky note it to the bottom of the keyboard. We all know it's there.

6: Don't allow your computer or browser to save login, password, credit card, or bank info. I know it's easy, but that means it's easy for the bad guys to steal too.

7: Just like your phone, don't use public wifi if you don't have to.

8: When Sir James Fakebot, the account manager for your great great great second uncle that left bajillions of money in your name emails you to claim it, don't pay that fee they need first. (Think scam) :)

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9: Yeah I know swiping that card is so fun and let's you feel powerful but the credit/debit card system is the source for so much worry lately. These bad guys are getting good. (pun?) Cash is 100% more secure.

10: When visiting any websites that have important data you would want to be secure, double-check the address bar for the "s." It must say https in order for you to know the data you send is encrypted .

I could write for days on security of your important stuff in life but that can get boring, plus I have a daughter dying to play. This is just a touch of the basics of how to protect yourself a little more. I didn't even cover the simpler things like virus/firewall software on your computer. There, that's number 11.  Take this seriously and your private data and finances will thank you. They won't grow, but they have a higher chance of not disappearing.

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