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Protect what matters most


It is true that we can find almost anything online. It is also true that more and more of our every-day life can be connected online. Today, common household items such as lights, toasters, toothbrushes, TVs, and even the crockpot connect with each other through the internet by sending data back and forth digitally. Imagine you're driving home on a hot summer day and you used your smartphone before you left the office to instruct your smart thermostat to lower the temperature before you get home. Life is good.
 
As more of our life connects online, it’s important to remember that we also risk letting people into our lives via the internet. We want to help you be diligent about protecting what matters most to you against those who wish to use your connectivity to scam, steal, and take your personal information.
 
The internet of things is a popular phrase that simply refers to the interconnection or network of devices like computers, smart phones, and tablets to everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data via the internet. Here are some ways to protect your home network:
  • Install software security on ALL your connected devices
  • Be sure you have antivirus software
  • Use different passwords for each device or site
Becoming more connected means you become more vulnerable to phishing attacks used to trick you into clicking on a link or providing sensitive information. This is one of the most common threats companies and individuals face. To ward off an attack:
  • Educate yourself on what to look for in a phishing attack—look for the monthly tips from IS Security in your email
  • Keep all of your devices updated with the latest security features and bug fixes
  • Be wary of any email that contains a link
  • A legitimate company will never ask for your password
Ransomware is a dangerous form of malware (software intended to damage or disable computer systems) which blocks access to your data and demands payment to restore the access. Here are some tips to avoid ransomware:
  • Keep your operating system and all software updated
  • Set your antivirus software to update automatically
  • Back up your computer regularly
  • Emails – when in doubt, throw it out
When it comes to your cyber security, there isn’t any one thing you can do to protect yourself. Rather, it’s a lot of little steps and decisions. We’re here to help. Here are some great tips on what to watch for, and how to protect your computer: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/online-security.