SYBS security check-up: Keeping your business and personal info safe n’ sound
What’s my password? Kid’s birthday? Dog’s name? Ok, let’s reset…
We’ve all been there, probably more often than we’d like to admit. Business owners and professionals are managing multiple email log-ins, banking and more; all of which can be a lot to recall. But beyond basic internet security and virus checks, how can you keep your personal (and business info) safe ‘n sound? Here's a few reminders to secure your online accounts—with two-factor authentication (2FA), password managers and remaining vigilant of scammers who could put your security at risk.
Toughen up your passwords: If you use weak passwords or the same one everywhere, you are a perfect target for someone to access and comprise your accounts. Yes, fixing identity theft and being locked out of accounts can be corrected, but it is a timely and sometimes costly process. Use harder to guess words and phrases, add numbers and symbols and don’t make your passwords obvious.
Change it up: While a stronger password is a great start, change your password regularly as well. This is advised especially when data breaches seem to occur too frequently and can harm your personal data or your brand. If remembering your credentials and keeping up with them seems like just another task draining your day, consider a verified password manager. With a password manager, you don't have to remember a unique password for every website. It stores them for you, assists you to generate new, random ones when needed and is a one-stop password shop of sorts.
Let’s 2-step: Two-step verification may seem redundant but is an added layer of security in verification. Many services now require you set this up after instances of them being breached. Once in place, you receive a code via text message or prompted to answer identity questions before gaining entry to your account. If someone ties to log in and fails these security measures, your information remains safe.
Keeping bad guys from gaining access to your personal information isn’t always convenient but it is easier than a serious breach. Prioritize the safety of your data, money, and intellectual property, and gain peace of mind while online.
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