This year, we celebrate the 19th annual Safer Internet Day. Each February, a day is devoted to making the internet a safer place for users of all ages across the globe. The internet is useful and we access it daily, but it’s important to protect your privacy online. We’ve created a quick guide to help you guard your privacy on the internet every day. 

  1. Use Strong Passwords

Your passwords protect your accounts and your personal information. It’s vital that your passwords are very strong. Never share your password with others, change passwords often, and use numbers, symbols and special characters to make passwords harder to crack. 

  1. Use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Adding an additional layer of security with multi-factor authentication makes it harder for hackers to access your information, even if they have your password. It only takes a moment and can save you post-hack headaches that can last years.

  1. Secure Your Devices

Utilize passcodes, fingerprint readers, and facial recognition to secure your devices. Make sure to use these security functions on all devices.  Access to your device provides access to your accounts and email.

  1. Make Sure Your Software is Up to Date

Many software and app updates include security patches and upgrades. Update your apps often to stay on top of it, or turn on automatic updates so you never miss one!  Outdated software is a primary security breach point for individuals and businesses.

  1. Be Wary of Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks are not secure or private.  It’s best to avoid connecting to public networks whenever possible. Only connect to Wi-Fi that you trust, and keep your own Wi-Fi secure with strong passwords. 

Be security smart and enjoy a safer internet every day.