Five Ways to Clean up Your Digital Security
Five Ways to Clean up Your Digital Security By Jason Hanson – LFB.org
Dear Black Bag Confidential Reader,
Just as you should continually update and improve the security of your home, you need to do the same thing when it comes to the security of your electronic devices.
For example, if you have old or cheap door locks, you might want to invest in the latest model from Schlage or Medeco. And when it comes to your computer or smartphone, you may want to remove old programs and install the latest updates.
The fact is it’s estimated that 30,000 websites are infected each day with some kind of malware virus — and there’s a distinct possibility you’ve visited at least one of them.
Today, I want to give you a few quick tips so if your computer is infected with a virus, you don’t end up among the 73% of Americans who have been the victim of some type of cybercrime.
1) Uninstall programs you don’t use — If you have software on your computer that you don’t use anymore, consider removing it to reduce the risk of viruses. Often, hackers will infect older software programs that lack the latest security updates. This should reduce the chance of an old program infecting your computer — and your computer will run faster.
2) Update passwords — You should update your passwords on a regular basis — although I guarantee this is something most people forget to do. Criminals target passwords that can be easily guessed, so make sure you have recently changed your passwords and they aren’t all the same. Each unique password should include letters, numbers and at least one special character.
3) Update your software — Make it a habit to check regularly for the latest software updates on your computer. It’s not uncommon for hackers to find a software loophole that causes the software company immediately to release a fix to prevent a security breach. The problem is this won’t do you any good if you haven’t completed the update, so check often and be sure to update all your programs.